Trust in clergy hits all-time low in Gallup poll

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  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    Dec. 23, 2013 9:23 a.m.

    It's really not surprising. On the one hand are those who hate what clergy profess to be true, and will not only deny trusting them regardless of their honesty, but go out of their way to point out the untrustworthy minorities and say "Look! Priests aren't so priestly after all!".

    On the other hand are an increasing number of pastors acting against their own supposed beliefs.

    This is one of countless reasons I'm glad for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Dec. 22, 2013 7:03 a.m.

    Considering 85% of the media backed Obama and the rest Bush it is surprising that Obama is ranked so low. On the other hand what has he done positive for the country in 5 years? Zero.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 2:40 p.m.

    I would put the internet as no 1 reason. We all know who we are, and what we practice. Giving your word is nice. Keeping your word is the great.

  • Coach Biff Lehi, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 12:59 p.m.

    I think the East Anglia scandal shows us that trust in "science" and self proclaimed scientists are also at an all time low.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 12:03 p.m.

    Trust in general is a fleeting commodity. We no longer trust our elected representatives, self-proclaimed "scientists" and others who have their own agenda to promote. The clergy is not trusted because many have abused their position and strayed into areas that are outside of their calling. Little positive can result when religion dictates science or science criticizes religion.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Dec. 21, 2013 11:07 a.m.

    I think Pope Francis will restore much of that lost trust. He has taken a hardline on the abuses of the past. It will take time, but I believe it will have a profound affect.

    I would also commend the decision of the leaders of the Mormon Church to issue historical essays about difficult issues of the Church's past. These essays have been candid and reach out to those who were hurt by past practices.

    It would be interesting to follow up in a year or two and see if the trend toward distrust of religious institutions doesn't start to reverse itself.

  • intervention slc, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 10:42 a.m.

    This is the result when to many clergy abandon honesty and engage in selective morality in there war against secular society.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 10:34 p.m.

    Bush was below 42% approval (Obama's current RCP level).

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 9:51 p.m.

    You think Obama is clergy?

    How is your comment on topic?

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 8:55 p.m.

    Not surprising at all. As the scales fall from the collective eyes of humanity, we see more and more clearly the fraud that is religion.