RALEIGH, N.C. — A recent survey found that youth in the Church are among the most religiously devout of teenagers in the country, and are among the most likely to espouse the beliefs of their parents.

The survey conducted by the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill found that, contrary to widely-held beliefs, most American teenagers are not alienated from organized religion, and as many as two-thirds closely agree with the beliefs of their parents.

The four-year research project, called the National Study of Youth and Religion, found that 67 percent of the 12th graders sampled in the study said their beliefs were mostly similar to their parents. Only 21 percent said their beliefs were mostly different or very different from their parents.

Concerning the influence and performance of churches in the U.S., 23 percent said churches were doing a fair job, while 49 percent said churches were doing a good or very good job.

The study reported that youth in "the Mormon" and Baptist churches appeared to be "the least alienated from organized religion."

Results of the study were reported in Christian Examiner on the Web.