January 14. A new Gallup poll released today shows a near-record 70% of Americans believe religion is losing its influence on American life. 2,048 adults across the country were asked, "At the present time, do you think religion as a whole is increasing its influence on American life or losing its influence?" The other results were that 25% said it was increasing and 2% said it was about the same. The possible margin of error is + or - 3%.
It would be nice to think that this reflects a recognition that religion is losing its influence. However, it is probable that it is the answer given by the very religious who think that anything less than a theocracy is "losing influence" and see it as a call to increased effort to convert the rest of the population.