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Religion's role declining

Seven in 10 Americans say religion's influence on the country is waning, and 61 percent say they belong to a church or synagogue, equaling the lowest number since Gallup began asking the question in the 1930s.

"Although views that religion was increasing its influence were highest during the Republican administrations of Eisenhower, Reagan and George W. Bush, this political connection does not appear to be the primary explanatory factor," said Gallup's Frank Newport.

A variety of social, political and economic trends are likely factors in Americans' view of religion's clout, he said.


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