According to a Gallup Poll, confidence in organized religion has hit an all-time low. Only 36% of Americans now say they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in organized religion.
From 1973 to 1985, confidence in organized religion was higher than confidence in every other institution. It remained high until 2001. In 2002, the Boston Globe released an expose on the Catholic church, revealing that church leaders knew of and didn’t take action to stop sexual abuse by priests. Confidence in organized religion then plummeted to 45%. It recovered slightly in the following years, but from 2010 to 2017, confidence levels were generally in the 40s.
In 2018 and 2019, confidence in religion among Americans has slipped below 40%. 36% of Catholics say they have confidence in the church or in organized religion generally, and 48% of Protestants say the same. Among adults without a religious affiliation, only 8% say that they have confidence in organized religion.
The most trusted institution is now the military.
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