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Very religious Americans are less likely to report that they smoke and are more likely to say they eat well and exercise regularly than those who are moderately religious or nonreligious. Nonreligious Americans have the worst health habits of the three groups.
Very religious Americans are less likely to report having been diagnosed with depression over the course of their lives than those who are moderately religious or nonreligious. Very religious Americans are also less likely to report daily negative emotions such as worry, stress, and anger.
Declining confidence in organized religion likely reflects many factors, including clergy scandals and the religion-politics connection.
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