March 25th, 2010
07:58 PM ET

Religion claims less than 1 percent of news coverage

Seems like you can't open a newspaper - or click a news site - without running into a monster-sized religion story: the Catholic church abuse scandal, Rep. Bart Stupak's role holding up - and then passing - the health care bill, U.S.-Israel relations on the skids over the construction of housing for Jews in East Jerusalem.

So is anyone else surprised that religion news accounted for less than 1 percent of print, TV and online coverage last year, according to a report out today from Pew? The graph above tells the story.

Pew says the most popular religion storyline of 2009 was how faith played into the Obama administration, accounting for roughly 10 percent of all religion-related news. The only other faith-based development to come close was Pope Benedict XVI's trip to the Middle East last May, the subject of 4.5 percent of last year's religion news.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Eric G

    Is this for all news stories? I would be curious what percentage of news stories were related to celebrities? I would bet it was higher. It might be better this year because Michael Jackson can't die again and Lindsey Lohan is going to jail.

    July 19, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  2. David Johnson

    I agree with DB Cooper. Religion is silly. Prayer doesn't work. There is no god. Sorry people.

    July 19, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  3. DB Cooper

    And I say 1% is way too much.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:36 pm |
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