Religion: Dying Revival

The end of the nation's postwar religious revival may be in sight, says the Gallup poll. Five years ago, according to Gallup's figures, 69% of the nation's adults thought that religion was increasing its influence; now only 45% think so. During the same period, the proportion of those who believe that church influence is declining has risen from 14% to 31%. Gallup also reports a drop-off in church attendance after 15 years of a steady rise. In 1958 his pollsters found that 49% of U.S. adults attended services on a typical Sunday; last year's figure was 47%.


Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!