ESSENCE Poll: Does Attending Service Regularly Make You Feel More Religious?

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A new survey from the Pew Research Center found that 3 in 10 American adults seldom or never attend worship service.

Does attending service every Sunday make you any more Christian? Does Friday worship make you any more Muslim or Jewish? These are questions being asked following findings from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life showing that more Americans (of all religions) are opting out of worship service.

The study found that roughly 3 in 10 American adults (29 percent) "seldom" or "never" attend worship service, up from 23 percent a decade ago. Of those under 30, the study found that that 32 percent claim no religious identity at all. And when they do, fewer than 10 percent say they regularly attend worship service. 

Does attending service regularly make you feel more connected to your religion? Share your thoughts and comments with us below.

Do you believe you have to regularly attend service in order to be religious?
Yes, attending service shows my dedication
No, I may not attend service, but I am just as religious
I attend service virtually via livestreams from the likes of TD Jakes and Joel Olsteen
I'm spiritual, not religious
Total votes: 207

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