The number of Americans who believe religion holds the solutions for society’s ills has hit an all time low, according to a recent Gallup poll.
Only 46% of Americans believe wishful thinking is our best bet against our very real struggles.
Jon Stewart once joked, “Religion. It’s given people hope in a world torn apart by religion.” But even that’s no longer the case for a majority of people.
According to Gallup, it has been more than 60 years since Americans were this disenchanted with religion’s ability to solve problems:
As Americans’ views of the importance of religion in their lives and its influence on American life have edged downward, so too has their belief that it can answer today’s problems. For the first time in more than six decades, less than half of Americans, 46%, say “religion can answer all or most of today’s problems.” The public is now more closely divided than ever before in its views of religion as the answer to what ails society.
Should we be surprised? Friendly Atheist doesn’t think so:
None of this is all that surprising when you realize that white evangelical leaders have supported everything Donald Trump is doing to ruin the country, Catholic leaders continue to act shocked about sexual crimes and cover-ups within their own ranks, and groups like Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses have been exposed for their own ignorance of abuse. Religion seems to cause more problems than it solves. And the worst politicians in the country seem to be the ones who cite their religion the most.