The Reputation of Churches

 

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Studies show that, despite everything, churches still have a good reputation in the United States.
Churches score #3 in the most-trusted-institution category.  This is behind the military and the police.  But far ahead of colleges, labor unions, banks, Congress, and the media (which rates last).
There are, however, variations according to religion and political affiliation.
The two studies are linked after the jump.  (The Gallup study includes Congress, the Presidency, the Supreme Court [ranked highest among governmental agencies], big business, public schools, and others.  That is more than the Pew study, which focuses on the different ratings given by different groups.)

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