The Civic and Community Engagement of Religiously Active Americans

The Civic and Community Engagement of Religiously Active Americans

People who are active in church, religious, or spiritual organizations are more likely than those who are not religiously active to be deeply involved in their communities through charitable or volunteer organizations, community groups or neighborhood associations, or other groups, a survey conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds. According to The Civic and Community Engagement of Religiously Active Americans (34 pages, PDF), 38 percent of religiously active Americans feel they can have an impact in their communities and spend, on average, 7.5 hours a week in group activities, compared with 27 percent and 5.4 hours, respectively, among the non-religious. Funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the survey also found that the religiously active use the Internet, e-mail, cell phones, and social media platforms at rates similar to or slightly higher than others, although they are slightly less likely to say the Internet has a major effect on their groups' ability to raise money (46 percent vs. 56 percent) or recruit new members (44 percent vs. 56 percent).