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Americans' Church-Going Habits Change Depending on Survey Method

Mon, 19 May 2014 09:34:18 +0000

iStock/Thinktsock(WASHINGTON) -- How often do you go to church? The answer may depend on whether you're asked that question via phone or online.

In a survey conducted last year by the Public Religion Research Institute, Americans seem to bolster their church attendance when taking the poll on a cellphone or landline as opposed when asked for a truthful answer on an Internet questionnaire.

The survey, which asked 4,000 people about evenly split between phone and online, found that 36 percent of respondents overall claimed to attend church weekly or more when responding by cell or landline.

However, that number fell to 31 percent in the online survey.

Over the phone, 30 percent said "seldom or never." Online, that number jumped to 43 percent of respondents.

As far as any particular religion goes, more white evangelical protestants, black protestants, white mainline protestants and Catholics all said they attended church more often when asked by phone than those of the same faiths who took the survey online.

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