Gallup News reports statistical data about the world's 7 billion citizens based on Gallup's continuous polling in over 150 different countries. One of the topics that they study is public opinion about religion and the role it plays in our society.
Gallup asks the same questions year-over-year in order to get a sense for how opinions are changing. One of the questions they've been asking in the United States is:
Do you believe that religion can answer all or most of today's problems, or that religion is largely old-fashioned and out of date?The percentage of people who feel that religion is highly relevant to today's challenges has been declining. In the late 90's about 2 out of every 3 people agreed that religion could address modern problems. Now that segment has dropped to only 55% (just a little more than 1 out of 2)..
Poll data by Gallup 2013.
Views on religion and its role in our culture vary dramatically by country, as well as among various groups and segments within each country. How do you personally feel? Let us know in the comments.