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Recession & worship attendance

The recession hasn’t led to an increase in worship attendance.

Since mid-February 2008, Gallup asked 1,000 adults a day how often they attended church, synagogue or mosque.

About 42 percent said they go weekly or almost weekly, with no increase from September through December.

Gallup also said there was no significant change in the percentage of those attending church about once a month, seldom or never.

“The available data on self-reported church attendance among American adults do not appear, as of mid-December, to support the hypothesis that on a society-wide basis, the current bad economic times have resulted in an increase in Americans’ churchgoing behavior,” Gallup’s Dec. 17 report said.


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