Survey claims women are leaving churches

by | Aug. 05, 2011

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Women are not going to church as much as they used to, according to a new study.

The Barna Group, a research company located in Ventura, Calif., released part of their annual "State of the Church" survey this week and compared those findings to a similar survey taken 20 years ago. The results seem to indicate church activity has dropped for women.

Maybe. Maybe not. While many news outlets are reporting the numbers, at least one religious polling expert is skeptical.

Religion News Service covered the poll this way: "Women, long considered the dominant pew dwellers in the nation's churches, have shown a dramatic drop in attendance in the last two decades, a new survey shows. Since 1991, the percentage of women attending church during a typical week has decreased by 11 percentage points to 44 percent ... ."

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