49%   Americans say that maintaining military strength is the best way to ensure peace.

62%   Americans who said this five years ago.

$1.3 million   The average payout plaintiffs will receive in a $660 million settlement with the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Los Angeles.

$2 billion   Roman Catholic payouts for abuse settlements and court judgments nationwide.

52%   Sales of Christian products that occur at Christian retailers

33%   Sales of Christian products that occur at general market retailers like Wal-Mart and Borders

$4.63 billion   Total sales for Christian products in 2006

31%   Of the $250 billion U.S. individuals gave to nonprofits in 2005, amount that went to the needs of the economically disadvantaged.

24%   Of the $101 billion given to religious causes, amount that goes to benevolence.

Related Elsewhere:

See our earlier Go Figure postings from August 2007, July 2007, June 2007, May 2007, April 2007, March 2007, February 2007, January 2007, December 2006, November 2006, and earlier issues.

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