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Religiosity is strongly related to per-capita income worldwide. In the poorest countries Gallup surveyed in 2009, a median of 95% of adults say religion is an important part of their daily lives, compared with 47% who say the same in the world's richest countries.
Americans' self-reported church attendance has continued to inch up in 2010, with 43.1% of Americans reporting weekly or almost weekly attendance. This represents a slight increase from 42.8% in 2009 and 42.1% in 2008.
Fifty-seven percent of Americans favor having a National Day of Prayer while most of the rest, 38%, say it doesn't matter to them; only 5% are opposed to such a day. Americans generally believe prayer is effective, regardless of people's religious beliefs or how often they pray.
Communities that invest in bike paths, parks, walkability and public transit have more success in key aspects of well-being.
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