A survey research analyst who writes for the Washington Post asserts that, in America, religion is on the ropes. More precisely, Scott Clement says that
American religion is on the ropes, but it has a prayer.
A major poll whose results were released this past week, the 2014 General Social Survey, reveals that U.S. church attendance continues to fall.
A record-low share of Americans attend church regularly, affiliate with a religious faith and see themselves as religious. … The findings … mark a continuation of a decades-long departure from the pews along with a growing share who profess loyalty to no religion at all.
But reason isn’t truly taking over; prayer is going as strong as it was three decades ago.
Fully 57 percent of respondents said they pray at least once a day, little different from 54 percent in 1983, when the question was first asked on the survey. Three-quarters of respondents said they pray at least once a week, while 1 in 4 pray less often or never.
The poll has a margin of sampling error of 2.5 percentage points.