New poll reveals how many families pray before meals

New poll reveals how many families pray before meals

By Marvin Schrebe

According to a poll conducted by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation nearly half of Americans say a blessing before meals at least twice a week, which is seen as an unusual quality for a nation so politically divided.

Americans from all walks of life and varying political parties, denominations, and faiths all say grace in varying degrees and ways the poll revealed. The poll was conducted April 13 to May 1 among a random sample of 1,686 American adults. Even some Americans who reject religion altogether will say grace. 

"It's a powerful way of reminding yourself that you are not self-sufficient, that you are living by somebody's grace, that plenty of other people who work just as hard as you don't have anything to eat," Tim Keller, the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, told The Washington Post.

The poll said that 48 percent of all Americans say a prayer before meals at least a couple of times each week. The results were even at fifty-one percent for both rural and urban America. In the suburbs, 45 percent pray before meals at regular times.

The study also shows that 62 percent of Republicans say grace at least a few times a week with that percentage decreasing to 43 among Democrats and 41 among independents.

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