Our take: The number of Americans who have faith in organized religion is at its lowest point, according to a Gallup poll. Forty years ago, organized religion was the highest rated institution in a "confidence in institutions" poll, also conducted by Gallup, ranking above the military and the U.S. Supreme Court. The decline started in the mid-80s, and speculation is that it may be due to scandals and crimes that started to emerge from the major organized religions like the Catholic sex abuse cover ups and the corruption of televangelists like Jim Baker and Jimmy Swaggert.
According to a recent Gallup poll, the number of Americans who have faith in organized religion is at an all-time low.
Only 44 percent of Americans today have a lot of confidence in organized religion, compared to 66 percent in 1973 when organized religion or church was the highest rated institution in Gallup's "confidence in institutions measure."
Organized religion and the Church "continued to rank first in most years through 1985, outranking the military and the U.S. Supreme Court, among others," as reported by the Gallup study.
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