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Poll: Most Americans Rarely, If Ever, Seek Advice from Religious Leaders

Jul 10, 2019

By Hemant Mehta

While more Americans than ever have no religious affiliation, even the ones who do are relying less on their religious leaders for advice. In fact 75% of Americans rarely or never consult a clergy member for advice. That’s one of the key takeaways from a new poll conducted by the Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

It’s not surprising that clergy members are no longer the go-to people for big moments in your life considering how damn near every time they’re in the news, it’s for something awful of their own creation. Some are sexual predators, but even many who aren’t are still anti-LGBTQ, anti-women, anti-science, anti-sex, anti-basic-human-decency. Why would you want them giving you life advice when religion is frequently the cause of problems rather than the solution to them?

In fact, just look at the topics that people would prefer to handle without clergy input. When it comes to sex, 82% wouldn’t consult a religious leader. Ditto with money (81%), politics (81%), and birth control (81%). Only 50% of people said they might get a clergy member’s advice about volunteering.

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