The trend has existed for some time. According to statistics released by Gallup in 2012, fewer Americans than ever before have a great deal of confidence in organized religion. This is not all, though; public confidence in television news, banks and public schools has reached rock bottom as well.
In March, an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed that things haven’t turned around over the last two years. According to NBC reporter Carrie Dann, “One in five Americans say religion does not play an important role in their lives, a new NBC/WSJ journal poll shows â€“ the highest percentage since the poll began asking participants about their focus on faith in 1997.”
She continues, “Twenty-one percent of respondents said that religion is ‘not that important’ to their lives, compared to 16 percent who said the same in 1999. In 1997, 14 percent of Americans said religion did not play an important role in their lives.”
The poll indicates that across the board, people don’t believe in social institutions as they once did. [More]