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Can Religion Answer Today's Problems?


In 1957, when the Gallup Organization asked adults if religion could answer all or most of today’s problems, 82 percent said it could. The next time Gallup asked the question in the mid-1970s, 62 percent agreed. When Gallup repeated the question this May, a smaller but still solid majority, 57 percent, said it could, while 30 percent said that religion was largely old-fashioned and out of date. Those who attend church weekly are much more likely than those who have no religious identification to say religion can answer today’s problems, 84 and 21 percent, respectively.