SAY AMEN, SOME­BODY

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“A slim ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans (55 per­cent) say re­li­gion can an­swer all or most of to­day’s prob­lems. Al­though this per­cent­age has de­clined sub­stan­tially over time, it has been rel­a­tively sta­ble over the past year and a half and is up from the all-time low of 51 per­cent in May 2015,” re­ports Gallup an­a­lyst Art Swift.

And the in­evitable par­ti­san di­vide: 71 per­cent of Repub­li­cans, 50 per­cent of in­de­pen­dents and 47 per­cent of Democrats also agree that faith is still the an­swer. The strong­est sen­ti­ment — 85 per­cent — was found among those who at­tend church weekly, the low­est — 9 per­cent — who had no re­li­gious pref­er­ence.

“A slim ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans be­lieve re­li­gion can an­swer prob­lems, a vast ma­jor­ity think that God played some part in the process of hu­man cre­ation, and most be­lieve God also had a role in the con­tents of the Bi­ble,” says Mr. Swift, sum­ma­riz­ing mul­ti­ple Gallup find­ings. “Re­li­gious fer­vor may be de­clin­ing, but with th­ese ques­tions, Amer­i­cans still as­sert re­li­gion and top­ics re­lat­ing to re­li­gion as hav­ing rel­e­vance in 21st-cen­tury life.”

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