29 Percent Of Americans Say Religion Is “Out Of Date”

Gallup has the results of their annual holiday-season polling regarding Americans’ religious views.

This year finds that 78% of citizens consider themselves to be Christians, while 9% have non-Christian religious beliefs and 13% have no religious beliefs at all.

However, one of the interesting poll results is this: 29% of Americans say that religion “is largely old-fashioned and out of date” and is unable to address the problems of today. That’s up from 19% ten years ago, suggesting that disillusionment with organized religion is growing healthily, even among those who consider themselves religious.

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  • Word Eater

    ( 78% + 9% ) + 29% = 116%

    That means there are Christians and other religious folks who feel that their own beliefs are “old-fashioned and out of date.”

    • http://disinfo.com ralph

      Yup, Word Eater, what these polls often reveal is that … many people have no idea what they really think…

  • http://lonewolfsden.net/ Lone Wolf

    The actual question was “Do you believe that religion can answer all our most of todays problems or the religion is largely old-fashioned and out of date.”. That question seriously throws off any accuracy the poll could have had. It is a false dichotomy (just because religion can not answer all or even most of today problems doesn't mean its out of date (even if I think it is)).
    It should have been two ye or no questions: “Do you believe that religion can answer all our most of todays problems” and “Do you think religion is largely old-fashioned and out of date.”. If it had been asked in the form two yes or no questions the results probably would have been allot different.