Morning Consult editor says church attendance is down, but many 'crave that sort of community'

Morning Consult features editor Joanna Piacenza said in an interview that aired Tuesday on "What America's Thinking" that while church attendance is on the decline in the U.S., many Americans "still sort of crave" the community.

"I think people still want to feel a sort of community," Piacenza told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on Monday. 

"You may leave the church that you were brought up in, but you still sort of crave that sort of community," she continued. 

Church attendance in the U.S. has been on the decline for years. 

A Gallup poll released in September found that in 2017, only 38 percent of respondents said they attended religious services on a weekly basis, down from 42 percent in 2008. 

A Pew Research Center survey of churchgoers released in August found that 57 percent of respondents said that being a part of a community of faith was a "very important reason for attending religious services," while 32 percent said it was somewhat important. 

Eighty-one percent of respondents said they attended church in order "to feel closer to God." 

— Julia Manchester