AP Poll Finds Majority of Americans, Even Those Who Regularly Attend Church, Do Not Consult Pastors When Making Major Life Decisions

A majority of Americans, even those who regularly attend worship, do not seek the counsel of faith leaders when they make major life decisions, according to a recent report by the Associated Press.

According to a new survey released Monday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, three-quarters of U.S. adults rarely or never consult religious leaders when making decisions.

Of the respondents, 49 percent said they never consult a faith leader when making a major decision, 26 percent said they rarely consult a faith leader, while 24 percent said they often or sometimes consult a faith leader.

Among the named surveyed groups, evangelical Protestants were the most likely to consult a faith leader, with 47 percent saying they often or sometimes consult with a religious leader, versus 30 percent rarely doing so, and 22 percent never doing so.

Mainline Protestants were much lower, with 20 percent saying they often or sometimes seek guidance, 30 percent saying they rarely seek guidance, and 49 percent saying they never seek guidance.

Among the religiously unaffiliated, 80 percent said they never seek guidance from a faith leader, while 16 percent said they rarely do so, and 4 percent said they sometimes or often do so.

Tim O’Malley, theology professor at Notre Dame University, explained to AP that he believed modern technology was likely a major factor in this trend.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski