Strange results often occur when pollsters put their spin on poll findings. The following polls and quotes (if correct,) paint a downhill struggle for the church in America over the last few years:
"In America we are closing 7 more churches a day, than we are opening!! -Charles Arn"
"The United States of America remains the third largest unchurched nation in the world!
"In 1900 there were 27 churches for every 10,000 Americans. In 1950 there were 17 churches for every 10,000 Americans. In 1996 there were 11 churches for every 10,000 Americans. -George Gallup
"Evangelical churches have failed to gain an additional 2% of the American population in the past 50 years. In other words, we are not even reaching our children! -George Barna
"Estimated America Unchurched Population - 195 million (January 1996, Gallup Princeton Religion Report)."
"Half of all churches last year did not add one new member through conversion growth. -Charles Arn"
"During the last 10 years, the combined communicant membership of all Protestant Denominations has declined by 9.5% (4,498,242) while the national population has increased by 11.4% (24,153,000). -ASCG Journal of Church Growth"