CODEC research centre's investigation of attitudes to sermons. Here's the BBC's take, and here Ruth Gledhill's at Timesonline.
It turns out that for many the sermon is the best bit of the service often eagerly anticipated. Can't yet find a link to the actual report (don't think it's available on line) so for now I'll suspend judgement. One question though, "Should I be at all suspicious, or perhaps "careful" would be a better word, that the research was commissioned by The College of Preachers, an organisation committed to and seeking to promote preaching?"