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"AFTER FALLING to an alltime low in 2002, the public's confidence in organized religion is showing signs of restoration. In June 2002, only 45 percent of Americans said they had a 'great deal' or 'quite a lot' of confidence in 'the church or organized religion,' down sharply from 60 percent in June 2001. The percentage of Americans showing this level of confidence in organized religion inched up to 50 percent in June 2003, and reached 53 percent this may. . . .

"As the image of organized religion sees a recovery in the eyes of Americans, it's important to keep in mind that while public confidence in it has taken some hits over the past 30 years, Americans still hold it in relatively high regard relative to other prominent social institutions."

August 9, 2004

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