Over the years, I’ve reported on the drop of trust in the “clergy” by Americans.
The clergy is a broad category including Protestant, Evangelical, Morman, and Catholic.
This drop-in trust tracks with more Americans becoming “nones”, the media and entertainment attack on pastors, and the drop in church-going during the pandemic.
Here is what the new Pew Research Center survey taken in December 2021 says.
Here are the findings:
The question: Do religious leaders act in the best interests of the public?
- 12% have a “great deal” of confidence in the clergy
- 43% have “a fair amount” of confidence in the clergy
- 45% have “not too much confidence” in the clergy or no confidence at all.
This is a big drop from a year and a half ago from 63% to 55% now.
But the clergy still gets a higher ranking than journalists, business leaders, and elected officials.
Above the clergy are scientists, the military, and police officers.
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