In a new survey, the Gallup organization found that American confidence in religion continues its steady decline.
Just 42% of Americans have “a great deal or quite a lot” of confidence in the church or organized religion. That’s down from the high 60’s forty years ago. (Catholics hit bottom a decade ago and after a modest rebound, have been steady since.)
Compared to what?
Once reliably at the top of Gallup’s confidence in institutions list, [the Church] now ranks fourth behind the military, small business and the police, and just ahead of the medical system. The good news for the church is that it still ranks among the more well-respected institutions at a time when fewer than one in four Americans have confidence in several others, including Congress and the media.