Gallup: 62% of LGBT Americans ‘Seldom/Never’ Go to Church
(CNSNews.com) – A new poll shows that 62% of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans “seldom/never” attend a religious service; 51% say religion is not important in their daily lives; and 47% say they are “not religious” at all.
LGBT Americans “are significantly less likely than non-LGBT Americans to be highly religious, and significantly more likely to be classified as not religious,” said Gallup in describing its survey results.
Gallup conducted its poll January-July 2014, of a random sample of 104,024 adults, age 18 and older, in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
When asked about their religiosity, only 24% of LGBT Americans said they were “highly religious” compared with 41% of non-LGBT people, and 47% of the LGBT’s said they were “not religious,” compared to 30% of non-LGBT Americans.
The “very religious” said that “religion is an important part of their daily lives and that they attend religious services every week or almost every week,” according to Gallup. The “non-religious” were those “who say religion is not an important part of their daily lives and that they seldom or never attend religious services.”
The “moderately religious” people “say religion is important in their lives but that they do not attend services regularly, or that religion is not important but that they still attend services,” said the poll.
When asked about religious service attendance, only 26% of LGBT’s said they attended “at least once a week/almost every week”; 11% said “about once a month”; and 62% said “seldom/never.”
For contrast, 42% of non-LGBT’s said they went to church “at least once a week/almost every week.” In addition, only 44% of non-LGBT’s said they “seldom/never” attend a religious service.
When it comes to whether religion is “important in your daily life,” 51% of LGBT’s said “no,” compared with 34% of non-LGBT’s. And while 49% of LGBT’s said “yes,” that religion is important in their daily lives, that contrasts with 66% of non-LGBT Americans who said religion is important in their daily lives.
“There are a number of possible explanations for the lower level of religiosity among the U.S. LGBT population,” said Gallup. “LGBT individuals may feel less welcome in many congregations whose church doctrine, church policy, or ministers or parishioners condemn same-sex relations, and for the same reasons may be less likely to adopt religion into their own daily lives and beliefs.”
“Other possible explanations have to do less with church doctrine and more with the demographics of the LGBT population,” said the polling firm. “LGBT individuals may be more likely to live in areas and cities where religion and religious service attendance are less common, and may adopt the practices of those with whom they share geography.”
In conclusion, Gallup said, “The under-representation of LGBT Americans in the ranks of the religious in the U.S. today has a number of possible causes. Some of these center on the effect of church policies and doctrine, which have historically been disapproving of non-heterosexual love and relations, while others may reflect demographic and geographic differences in the LGBT population compared with the rest of the population.”