Poll Spot

American Piety in the 21st Century

Sponsor: Baylor University
Released: 2006-09

According to this Baylor University study, religious belief and a sense of religious belonging work together to shape political opinion. Additionally, spiritual practices are better predictors than specific traditions. It identifies four very different views of who God is and what God does in the world — Authoritarian God, Benevolent God, Critical God, Distant God […]

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Poll on Views of Religion

Sponsor: CBS News
Released: 2006-04

Although Americans believe they are better informed about Islam than they were five years ago, fewer than one in five say their impression of the religion is favorable. Forty-five percent of respondents said they have an unfavorable view of Islam, a rise from 36 percent in February. And the public’s impression of Islam has diminished […]

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Committment to Church

Sponsor: The Barna Group
Released: 2006-04

While nearly half of the adult population attends religious services during a typical week, people’s conceptual bond to the local church remains tenuous. Fewer than one out of every five adults firmly believes that a congregational church is a critical element in their spiritual growth and just as few strongly contend that participation in some […]

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Born Again Population

Sponsor: The Barna Group
Released: 2006-03

Four out of five senior pastors of Protestant churches consider their church to be “evangelical.” The new research found that 45% of all adults meet the criteria that The Barna Group uses to classify people as “born again.” That number went up from 31% in 1983. Note: The Barna Group identifies evangelical and Born-Again Christians […]

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