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Clergy Contribution To America's Wellbeing Ranks Below Military, Doctors, Scientists, Engineers: Survey

07/12/2013 06:58 am ET | Updated Jul 12, 2013
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Do clergy contribute to America's well-being?

A new Pew Research Center survey finds that when it comes to views of professions' positive roles in society, clergy rank lower than people in the military, teachers, medical doctors, scientists and engineers, but higher than artists, journalists, business executives and lawyers.

Overall, just 37 percent of Americans say clergy contribute "a lot" to the nation. When it comes to people who attend church weekly, the numbers are higher with about 52 percent saying clergy make "a lot" of positive contributions.

Even among those who attend church weekly, about 1 in 10 people say clergy contribute "not very much" or "nothing" to society's well-being. A larger number, 29 percent, say clergy contribute "some."

See the full results at Pew.

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