A Major pew Study getting all kinds of Press–America’s Changing Religious Landscape

The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing, according to an extensive new survey by the Pew Research Center. Moreover, these changes are taking place across the religious landscape, affecting all regions of the country and many demographic groups. While the drop in Christian affiliation is particularly pronounced among young adults, it is occurring among Americans of all ages. The same trends are seen among whites, blacks and Latinos; among both college graduates and adults with only a high school education; and among women as well as men.

To be sure, the United States remains home to more Christians than any other country in the world, and a large majority of Americans ”“ roughly seven-in-ten ”“ continue to identify with some branch of the Christian faith.But the major new survey of more than 35,000 Americans by the Pew Research Center finds that the percentage of adults (ages 18 and older) who describe themselves as Christians has dropped by nearly eight percentage points in just seven years, from 78.4% in an equally massive Pew Research survey in 2007 to 70.6% in 2014. Over the same period, the percentage of Americans who are religiously unaffiliated ”“ describing themselves as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular” ”“ has jumped more than six points, from 16.1% to 22.8%. And the share of Americans who identify with non-Christian faiths also has inched up, rising 1.2 percentage points, from 4.7% in 2007 to 5.9% in 2014. Growth has been especially great among Muslims and Hindus, albeit from a very low base.

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2 comments on “A Major pew Study getting all kinds of Press–America’s Changing Religious Landscape

  1. Undergroundpewster says:

    Mainline Protestants falling like a stone, meanwhile,

    [blockquote] “The new survey indicates that churches in the evangelical Protestant tradition – including the Southern Baptist Convention, the Assemblies of God, Churches of Christ, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the Presbyterian Church in America, 0ther evangelical denominations and many nondenominational congregations – now have a total of about 62 million adult adherents. That is an increase of roughly 2 million since 2007” [/blockquote]

  2. Katherine says:

    I am interested to see Jews at 1.9% of the population, and Muslims slightly fewer than half that many, at .9%. The alarming thing about that number is it went from .4% to .9% in five years! No other non-Christian group coming here actively works against Judeo-Christian public ethical standards; in particular, not against American traditions on marriage and family.