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A majority of U.S. adults think religious leaders have high or very high ethical standards (65%). And among those who attend religious services at least a few times a year, an even larger share have similarly positive ratings about the ethical behavior of the clergy at their congregation (88%).

The survey also finds that a majority have “a lot” of confidence in their clergy to give advice about clearly religious matters, such as growing closer to God (68%). But fewer are very confident that their clergy could give advice about parenting, mental health problems or finances. When asked how comfortable they would be seeking out advice from their clergy, most say they would be at least “somewhat comfortable” bringing a range of personal issues to their religious leaders, though…

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