Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Just Why Do Americans Attend Church? - Gallup

On April 6, 2007 the Gallup Poll released a survey of why Americans attend church. It begins by determining attendance frequency and then asks why or why not? I have included some of the results below. (Complete survey here.)


How often do you attend church or synagogue -- At least once a week, almost every week, about once a month, seldom, or never?


Once
a week

Almost
every
week

About
once a
month

Seldom

Never

No
opin-
ion

2007 Mar 26-29

35

10

10

28

16

*

* Less than 0.5%


Reasons for Not Attending Church

Americans who say they attend church only seldom or never -- a little over 40% of the adult population -- give a variety of reasons for their non-attendance.

(Asked of adult who seldom or never attend church services)What is the most important reason why you do not attend church or synagogue? [OPEN-ENDED



%

THOUGHT-OUT, RATIONAL REASONS




Don't agree with organized religion/
what they preach

24

Don't believe in going to church

16

Atheist/Don't believe in God

10

Church wants/asks for too much money

3



PRACTICAL OR "DEFAULT" REASONS




Don't have time/Don't get around to it

21

Don't have a church I connect with

9

I'm lazy

6

Poor health/Disabled

2

Family members are different religions

1



Other

5

No reason in particular

6

No opinion

3


Results for this panel study are based on telephone interviews with 1,006 national adults, aged 18 and older, conducted March 26-29, 2007.

There are some interesting observations to be made here. I would love to hear some of your thoughts on these numbers and their significance.

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