National Survey Finds San Francisco to Be Low in Religious Involvement

March 1, 2001

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On March 1, 2001, The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "compared to the rest of the country, those in the South Bay are too busy working to join religious, civic or social groups, according to the results of a national survey being released today, titled 'Civic Engagement in America.'" The survey "is the largest attempt to date to define how connected people are to each other...55 percent of those surveyed in San Francisco said religion was very important in their lives, compared with 70 percent in Silicon Valley and 84 percent nationally." San Francisco, however, "topped them all in the number of people who participated in a demonstration, signed a petition and could name both California senators." The results make San Francisco "the exception to the national finding that religious involvement tends to translate directly to greater civic activity."