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By Robert Wuthnow

ISBN-10: 019025890X

ISBN-13: 9780190258900

this present day, a billion-dollar-a-year polling floods the media with details. Pollsters let us know not just which political applicants will win, yet how we're practising our religion. what number american citizens went to church final week? Have they been born back? Is Jesus as well known as Harry Potter? Polls let us know that forty percentage of usa citizens attend non secular providers each one week. They convey that African americans aren't any extra non secular than white american citizens, and that Jews are leaving behind their faith in list numbers. in keeping with top sociologist Robert Wuthnow, none of that's right. Pollsters say that attendance at spiritual prone has been consistent for many years. yet in the course of that point reaction charges in polls have plummeted, robot "push ballot" calls have proliferated, and sampling has turn into tougher. The accuracy of political polling might be identified simply because elections really take place. yet there aren't any election effects to teach if the share of people that say they pray on a daily basis or attend prone per week is right. a wide majority of the general public doubts that polls could be depended on, and but evening after evening on television, polls specialists sum up the nation's behavior to an keen viewers of millions.

Inventing American faith offers a provocative new argument in regards to the impact of polls in modern American society. Wuthnow contends that polls and surveys have shaped-and distorted-how faith is known and portrayed within the media and in addition by means of spiritual leaders, practitioners, and students. He demands a strong public dialogue approximately American faith that extends well past the data supplied by way of polls and surveys, and indicates useful steps to facilitate one of these dialogue, together with alterations in how the result of polls and surveys are presented.

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