Contrary to recent media reports, while many may be praying for their 401(k)’s to turn around, the falling stock market has not sent Americans rushing to church; 39% of Americans reported attending weekly religious services in a February 2009 Pew Research survey, no different than two years ago in January 2007 (39%) under better economic conditions. So while the Dow Jones Industrial Average shed about half its value after October 2007, the number attending religious services held steady throughout, at a little under four-in-ten Americans.` Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.