Polls

Church membership in U.S. plummets

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Gallup says the percentage of U.S. adults who belong to a church or other religious institution has plunged by 20 points over the past two decades, hitting a low of 50% last year, AP reports.

By the numbers: Gallup said church membership was 70% in 1999 — and higher than that for most of the 20th century. Since 1999, the figure has fallen steadily, while the percentage of U.S. adults with no religious affiliation has jumped from 8% to 19%.

29% of Americans believe Mueller has cleared Trump of wrongdoing

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Despite President Trump claiming he has been exonerated by special counsel Robert Mueller's report, which he has not yet seen, only 29% of Americans believe the president has been cleared of wrongdoing, according to a new NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll.

The big picture: 40% of respondents say they do not believe Trump has been cleared, while 31% — which includes 45% of independents — are unsure. Pollster Jeff Horwitt, whose firm Hart Research helped conduct the survey, told NBC News: "The public is still in a wait-and-see view of this investigation and what it means for Trump." Trump's overall approval rating sank to 43%, down 3 percentage points from February's NBC News/WSJ poll.