Survey: Economy Not Pushing More to Church

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Some might say job loss and financial trouble are enough to make any person go to church, but a recent Gallup Poll shows that may not always be the case.

Despite the dwindling economy, church attendance in the U.S. has hardly been affected, with about 42 percent saying they attend some form of worship service weekly or almost weekly, the study found.

The new numbers are compared to 46 percent in December and 41 percent one year ago, meaning there has been no significant decline of church-goers in the U.S., but also little increase.

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life also found that weekly worship service attendance saw no increase earlier this month, despite dramatic drops in the Dow average.

In January, only 39 percent of Americans said they attended church weekly, according to Pew Forum. That's the same number reported in January 2007, when the stock market was doing twice as well.

Gallup, however, points out that the findings don't necessarily reflect a lack of religious activity in the U.S.  Americans could still be praying more or increasing other forms of spiritual commitment.

Charitable giving has also seen a considerable increase, recently. This February, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability found that 72 percent of charities had met or come within 10 percent of meeting their yearly financial goals.

The Gallup Poll was derived from more than 400,000 phone interviews with adults from January 2008 to March 15, 2009.

Sources: Gallup, Christian Post

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