Tuesday, February 17, 2015
What America Thinks: In God We Trust
“In God we trust.” “One nation, under God.” “God bless America.” It’s no secret that faith in God is important to many Americans in one form or another. But just how important is religion in their everyday lives, and how do they practice their faiths? We decided to find out what America thinks.
Three-quarters of Americans say religion is important in their daily lives. About one-in-four Americans are Catholic, while a fifth each are Evangelical Christian or other Protestant and four percent (4%) are Jewish. A third of Americans follow some other religion or no religion at all. Evangelical Christians are the most likely to say their faith is important in their daily life.
Thirty-six percent (36%) attend a house of worship—be it a church, synagogue, mosque or something else—at least once a week, with nine percent (9%) who go more than once a week. Only 29% say they rarely or never go to worship services. Most Americans don’t think it’s possible to have a healthy community without churches. More than half pray at least every day.
The majority of voters view freedom of religion as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution to be Very Important, and roughly half of all Americans think this country would be a better place if most people attended religious services on a regular basis. Only seven percent (7%) say that would make America a worse place. Fifty-two percent (52%) say there’s not enough religion in the schools, compared to 11% who say there's too much.
For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.