No Religion: Pew Study Finds Rapid Rise In Americans Without A Particular Faith

The number of Americans who say they have no particular religion has grown rapidly in the last five years, a trend that researchers say has significant implications for coming elections and American culture more broadly.

A report released today by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life found that 20 percent of Americans say they do not belong to any religion or are atheist or agnostic, the highest percentage ever recorded in Pew polls and about 5 percent more than those who said they had no religious affiliation five years ago.

Researchers attribute the growth in the ranks of the religiously unaffiliated – or “nones” as they are sometimes called – to changing patterns of religious participation and belief among younger generations and a “softening” of commitment to religion among some older Americans.  People who rarely or never attend church are also more likely to say they are not affiliated with any religion than in the past.

A third of adults under 30 say they have no religion, a much higher percentage than is found among older generations or was measured among young people in past decades.

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3 comments on “No Religion: Pew Study Finds Rapid Rise In Americans Without A Particular Faith

  1. I’m having a hard time believing the numbers in this report. Who did they survey? Demorats? Flaming Liberals?
    I concider myself non-denominational. I’m not a big fan of organized religion. I have a relationship with GOD and my Savior JESUS. When man gets his little weenie invovled in a religion or denomination, that is when man starts to take GOD out of the Church. Just look at some of these preachers on TV. They preach about the only way to be blessed is to send them money.
    I’m sorry, that’s not GOD!
    Anyway, I’ll believe numbers like these when they start calling REAL people.
    I’ve never received such phone call surveys.

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