Confidence in Religion

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According to a new Gallup poll, confidence in religion is up four points over the past year, with 52 percent of Americans now expressing “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in “the church or organized religion.” The big winner in Gallup’s annual institutional confidence sweepstakes is the presidency, which shot up from 26 percent to 51 percent, the organized religion level. Wonder why? As for the losers, big business brings up the rear at 16 percent, down four points and trailing Congress itself by a point. The big losers are the banks, down from 32 percent to 22 percent. Thirty years ago it was 60 percent. Wasn’t that just before deregulation mania struck?