Monday, June 23, 2008

U.S. Religious Landscape Survey

The Pew Foundation published the second report from its U.S. Religious Landscape Survey today, and it provides a thorough, interesting description of religion in America. After a quick pass through it, I'm struck by how very religious this country is. As shown in this table, 3 out of 4 Americans define themselves as Protestant or Catholic.
In addition, 61% are formal members of a church.

84% say that religion is somewhat or very important to them.

The report also documents the relationship between religion and various political and social issues. No real surprises, but an affirmation of the role that religion plays in so many aspects of American life.

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