Blacks More Religious, Survey Finds

Published February 3, 2009

Nationally, the United States is a religious nation, but nobody does church like Black folks, a new study shows.

“African-Americans are markedly more religious on a variety of measures than the U.S. population as a whole, including level of affiliation with a religion, attendance at religious services, frequency of prayer and religion’s importance in life,” says the report by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. 

In fact, eight in 10 African Americans (79 percent) say that religion is very important in their lives, 23 percent more than the average American family. And Blacks attend religious services and pray more frequently than the general population, Pew found.

While 39 percent of all Americans report attending religious services at least once a week, 53 percent of Blacks report the same. More than three-quarters of Blacks (76 percent) report praying daily, compared with 58 percent of all Americans.

Blacks are also more likely to be Protestant than the average American, 78 percent vs. 51 percent, according to the survey.

Pew also found that Blacks are more socially and culturally conservative than White Americans. For example, almost two-thirds of Blacks said they opposed gay marriage, compared with half of Whites who said they are opposed. 

Written by BET.com Staff & Wire Services

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