Americans continue to say that religion is losing its influence in American society. Americans continue to perceive that religion is less influential than it used to be, with 72% in 2016 say that religion is losing its influence on American life.
The perception that religion is losing influence in the U.S. has been fairly constant over the past eight years or so. Before that, the figure fluctuated over time. For example, in 1957 and shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a majority of Americans said that religion was increasing its influence on American life. During the Reagan administration, the percentages saying that religion was increasing in influence and those saying it was decreasing in influence were roughly equal.
Before 2009, there were only two times in Gallup’s history when more than seven in 10 Americans thought religion was losing its influence: in 1969 and 1970.