The organized church continues to struggle, and today, according to Gallup’s annual “Confidence in Institutions” survey, only 44 percent of Americans have a great deal of quite a lot of confidence in “the church or organized religion.” That’s the lowest confidence level since the organized church started its decline in the early 1970s.
Currently, 56% of Protestants express a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in the church/organized religion, compared with 46% of Catholics. This is in line with an average 12-percentage-point difference in the two groups’ confidence, according Gallup polling from 2002 through 2012, with Protestants consistently expressing higher confidence. There are too few respondents of other specific religions to analyze separately; however, confidence among all other Americans combined is 29%, far less than either Protestants’ or Catholics’.
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