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New Poll Asks Why People Do or Don't Attend Religious Services

August 10, 2018 - 8:00 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A new poll finds out why people go - or don't go - to religious services. 

The Pew Research Center asked more than 4700 Americans to tell them precisely why they do or don't attend religious services.

“People tell us they go to become closer to God, that’s the number one reason people give for why they attend religious services,” says Pew researcher Greg Smith.

Smith on why some say they don't go:

“About a third of the public says they just practice their faith in other ways. About a quarter of the public says they just haven’t found a church or house of worship in their area that they like very much, and about a quarter, 28 percent of people who don’t attend religious services says they’re just not a believer and that’s why I don't go," he says.

Women and older adults are more likely to say they practice their faith in other ways than men and younger adults.