American’s trust in organized religion at all time low.

Here’s a bit of good news. Despite being one of the most religious countries on the planet a recent poll shows that trust in organized religion is at a near-record low:

Only 46 percent of respondents said they had either a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the church, compared with 69 percent who said they trusted the military and 54 percent who trust police officers.

The figures are among the lowest for institutionalized religion in the three and a half decades that Gallup has conducted the poll. Peaking at 68 percent in May 1975, the numbers bottomed out at 45 percent in June of 2003.

But while confidence is waning for organized religion, the numbers are even bleaker for other American institutions. Just 25 percent expressed confidence in the presidency, while a mere 14 percent say they trust Congress.

Other findings suggest the nation is focused more on political issues than morality issues.

In the monthly pulse-check poll, Gallup asked Americans what they believed was the most important problem facing the country. An overwhelming 34 percent cited the war in Iraq, followed by illegal immigration at 15 percent. The nation’s religious and moral decline was fifth among the concerns, with 6 percent.

Let’s hope the trend for organized religion continues on its current downward path.

9 thoughts on “American’s trust in organized religion at all time low.

  1. Except if trust in religion was at an all time low in 2003, it’s gone up in the last 4 years.  This wouldn’t have anything to do with the resurgence of ID, the heavy use of the moral and religious stick in the 2004 elections or anything… would it?

  2. Actually I’d prefer that all sorts of organizations, including religious ones, started acting responsibly and earning people’s trust again no matter what creepy superstitions they’re based upon.

  3. I’d find it cause for celebration if it was also linked to a decline in magical thinking.

  4. I’m pleased by this news. Religous veiws are a personal matter and should never be imposed by an organisation or group. If people move away from the package deals like xianity and islam, you’ll have fewer fundies and more open minds – people will develop their own theories rather than being spoon-fed.

  5. people will develop their own theories rather than being spoon-fed.

    I totally agree but I also know I’m being far too optimistic about the mental abilities of most people.
    Lotsa people don’t like to, and lotsa people can’t, think for themselves.
    Lotsa people think that if they are with what seems like the majority they must be right – actually they don’t think about it too deeply otherwise they’d realise that’s exactly what happened in Germany in the 1930s.
    The world is ‘ruled’ by an incurious man voted in by 50 million gun-toting, bible-thumping USians who consider The Patriot Act as some sorta proof they’re patriotic.
    And having finished my mini-rant I’m pleased it seems USians are waking up but there will now be a concerted effort on the part of the species who felt most threatened by the polls to clean up their act and or pour more money into advertising/scamming their ‘honourable’ intentions.

  6. LJ: Lotsa people don’t like to, and lotsa people can’t, think for themselves

    Particularly in terms of social norms too, I would’ve only had reason to think in the first place if I didn’t fit in (and so needed to adjust) – when the gears grind against you it feels opressive, and that’s what I think drives change.

  7. So, you may have seen this meme going around in the atheist blogosphere as of late. It calls for you to tag eight people. I only found two blogs out of all the ones I read that hadn’t already been tagged for it. Soooo I pulled 6 at random from planetatheism.com, and you were one of them.

    http://anonymousatheist.blogspot.com/2007/06/ocho-meme.html

    In exchange for me inconveniencing you by tagging you without ever having visited your blog, I’ll be sure to check back in again. The more blogs to read the merrier!

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