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4. Americans who attend religious services regularly more likely to trust religious leaders

The survey asked respondents to weigh in on how much they trusted certain individuals or groups of people, including religious leaders. Overall, slightly more than one-third of Americans (36%) expressed trust in their religious leaders. 

Fifty-four percent of Republicans said they trusted religious leaders. The confidence in religious leaders is considerably lower among Democrats (30%) and independents (34%). Confidence in religious leaders was measured at 64% among white evangelicals.

Trust in religious leaders was much higher among respondents who attend religious services at least once a week. Majorities of white evangelicals (74%), white Catholics (73%), black Protestants (67%), other Christians (64%), Hispanic Protestants (62%), white mainline Protestants (58%) and Hispanic Catholics (51%) who attend religious services at least once a week expressed confidence in their religious leaders. 

Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be reached at: ryan.foley@christianpost.com

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