The proportion of Americans who say a religious day of rest is personally important to them has dropped to 50% – reflecting growing secularism over recent decades, according to a new poll.
A similar question asked in a 1978 survey showed 74% of respondents saying the Sabbath had personal religious significance.
The new poll also showed a big fall in those saying they attended weekly religious services – from 55% in 1978 to 27% now.
Jews were least likely to attend services and Mormons were most likely.
The survey was carried out by YouGov on behalf of the Deseret News, a ‘family-oriented’ news site based in Salt Lake City.
It questioned 1,691 Americans across religious racial gender and age groups.