Survey Shows Reasons People Go (or Don’t Go) to Church

In recent years, the percentage of U.S. adults who attend church regularly has continued to decline. But a new Pew Research Center Survey looks at why people do or don’t go to their house of worship on a regular basis. Obviously, people who attend church regularly want to feel closer to God. But the things that keep people away from religious services are more complicated.

Among those who attend no more than a few times a year, 30 percent say they are non-believers. But a much larger share say that they practice their faith in other ways, that they haven’t found a church or religious home they like, or that they have health issues that prevent them from attending.

For people who attend regularly, nearly 60 percent say they want to feel closer to God. Other reasons included to become a better person, so that their children will have a moral foundation, and to become part of a faith community.