- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 3, 2014


Score one for the Creator.

Stalwart conservatives say that religion can still answer “all or most of today’s problems,” this according to a new Gallup poll which places conservatives among the nation’s most pronounced believers. Three fourths of conservatives - 72 percent - say faith is a key problem solver, compared to 36 percent of liberals and 58 percent of moderates.

Among Americans overall, the number is 57 percent.

Historically, 82 percent of the public said religion could solve the problems of the world in 1958, Gallup says. But by the time the 1970s rolled around, the number had fallen to 60 percent, and remain on that level over the next two decades.

Interesting to note that the percentage spiked upwards to 68 percent in 2001, the year of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Meanwhile, only 30 percent of Americans overall say religion is “old fashioned and out of date”, a belief shared by 16 percent of conservatives, 31 percent of moderates and 49 percent of liberals.

Some folks remain on the fence: 13 percent overall are undecided about the role of religion in their lives; 12 percent of conservatives, 11 percent of moderates and 15 percent of liberals agree.

The poll of 1,028 U.S. adults conducted May 8-11 and released Sunday.

Americans may not agree with secular efforts to scrub faith out of culture and public life. A previous Gallup poll released in 2013 found that 75 percent of Americans overall say it would be “positive for society” if more Americans were religious.



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