America remains one of the world’s most positive about the role of religion in everyday life, a new survey reveals. According to a global survey of the impact of religion by WIN/Gallup International, 62 percent of U.S. respondents say religion plays a positive role in the country. Subtract the 29 percent who take the opposite viewpoint and you end up with a “net positivity” of 43 percent, one of the world’s higher ratings, and tied with Iceland’s 43 percent net positive figure.
Reprinting the WIN/Gallup news release, the San Diego Jewish World noted the American survey results and the pollster’s assessment, “This shows that the majority of U.S. respondents hold religion central to their values, something which is still reflected in the country’s politics — and something this poll would suggest is unlikely to change in the near future.”
According to WIN/Gallup, “In total there were nine countries whose net scores were negative when asked about religion, with six of those falling within Western Europe — Belgium, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. Of these, Denmark was the most net negative at -36 percent, followed by Belgium at -30 percent, France at -22 percent, and Spain at -22 percent.”