Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Confidence in religious institutions

Gallup poll in the USA.

Confidence in religious organisations:

1973 to the mid-1980s - religious institutions obtained many ratings above 60%.

1989 - Televangelist scandals involving embezzlement and sexual improprieties by Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Baaker and other Christian leaders.

Confidence sank to only 52%.

2002 confidence sank to 45%

2002 results were:
26% had a "great deal" of confidence;
19% had "quite a lot;"


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