71% of Americans consider religion an important part of their life, poll...

71% of Americans consider religion an important part of their life, poll finds

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The Presbyterian Church of Morristown is one of a dozen Morris County, N.J., churches that have received historic-preservation grants from the county. (Photo courtesy of John Spilatro)

WASHINGTON – More than 7 out of 10 Americans consider religious worship to be an important part of their lives, according to a poll released Monday.

The Rasmussen Reports survey found that 71 percent of the respondents said religion plays at least a somewhat important role in their life and 47 percent said religion plays a very important role.

Meanwhile, 27 percent said religion does not play an important role in their life and 15 percent said religion is not important at all.

The sampling included 1,000 American adults and was carried out Dec. 10-11. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

A 2018 study by the Pew Research Center found that 70.6 percent of Americans consider themselves Christian. Nearly 2 percent said they consider themselves Jewish. Less than 1 percent said they consider themselves Muslim, Buddhist or Hindu. Nearly 23 percent said they do not practice an organized religion. About 3 percent said they are atheists and 4 percent said they are agnostics.

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