Pollster says there is a connection between decline in church attendance and interpersonal trust

Pollster Mallory Newall said on Monday that there was a connection between a decline in church attendance and interpersonal trust among Americans. 

"There's less confidence in institutions, but also, for many years, a church, a synagogue, a house of worship was a place where people could go weekly or regularly, and be among other people that they could then build trust and build rapport with," Newall, research director at Ipsos Public Affairs, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking." 

"If people are doing that less, and there are less institutions like that than of course there's going to be less ways for developing interpersonal trust," she continued. 

Church attendance is down, according to a recent Gallup poll, dropping from 70 percent in 1999 to 50 percent. 

The same survey also found that membership among religious Americans has dipped nine percentage points. 

— Julia Manchester