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Gallup poll: More than half of Americans rarely go to church

United States RNS The most popular church in America might be St Mattress, followed by Bedside Baptist.  Those two – euphemisms for sleeping in on Sundays – increasingly describe the attitude of many Americans toward attending churches or other houses of worship. Mark Galli kneels in prayer before Mass at St Michael Catholic Church, on […]

Gloomy youth pull US and western Europe down global happiness ranking

London, UK Reuters Rising unhappiness among younger people has caused the United States and some large western European countries to fall down a global wellbeing index, while Nordic nations retain their grip on the top spots. The annual World Happiness Report, launched in 2012 to support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, is based on […]

One in two people globally lost income due to the pandemic – Gallup

Nairobi, IndiaThomson Reuters Foundation One in two people worldwide saw their earnings drop due to the coronavirus, with people in low-income countries particularly hard hit by job losses or cuts to their working hours, according to new research. US-based polling company Gallup, which surveyed 300,000 people across 117 countries, found that half of those with […]

Madam president? Most Americans think a woman could reach the White House by 2030

US Kamala Harris March 2021

London, UKThomson Reuters Foundation More than 90 per cent of Americans think the United States could have its first woman president within a decade, a poll showed on Monday, as Vice-President Kamala Harris is increasingly tipped as favourite for the Democratic Party nomination in 2024. A Gallup poll conducted in 74 countries showed Americans were the most likely to […]

US poll shows growing view that clergy are irrelevant

Church in Kansas

RNS In her 2004 Pulitzer-Prize winning novel Gilead Marilynne Robinson sketches a portrait of Rev John Ames, a small- town pastor in 1950s Iowa who is humble, self-aware, compassionate and devoted to his family and his congregation, and they to him. Americans no longer hold clergy in such high regard, according to a recent poll, and […]

More than a third of US Catholics question loyalty in wake of scandals, says survey

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RNS A new survey reveals that more US Catholics are questioning whether they should remain in the church today than when news of the “Spotlight” child sex abuse scandal broke in the Boston Archdiocese in 2002. According to a poll released Wednesday by Gallup, more than a third of US Catholics – 37 per cent – surveyed […]

World sinks to 10 year happiness low

Thomson Reuters Foundation World happiness levels are at their lowest level in over a decade, with the number of people who say they feel stressed and worried rising, according to a survey published on Wednesday. Conflict-hit Central African Republic was the world’s unhappiest place last year, with Iraq in second place, according to the ranking […]