Religion / Pew Institute Report: One-in-Five Adults Have No Religious Affiliation


(AP) – Rachel Zoll is covering a new study that shows that for the first time in its history, the United States does not have a Protestant majority. One reason: The number of Americans with no religious affiliation is on the rise. The percentage of Protestant adults in the U.S. has reached a low of 48 percent, the first time that Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has reported with certainty that the number has fallen below 50 percent. The drop has long been anticipated and comes at a time when no Protestants are on the U.S. Supreme Court and the Republicans have their first presidential ticket with no Protestant nominees.

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The AP article is based upon a report recently released by the Pew Institute entitled One-in-Five Adults Have No Religious Affiliation – Pew Institute

One-in-Five Adults Have No Religious Affiliation - Pew Institute

Pew Institute notes in its precis of the report:

“The number of Americans who do not identify with any religion continues to grow at a rapid pace. One-fifth of the U.S. public ā€“ and a third of adults under 30 ā€“ are religiously unaffiliated today, the highest percentages ever in Pew Research Center polling.”

“In the last five years alone, the unaffiliated have increased from just over 15% to just under 20% of all U.S. adults. Their ranks now include more than 13 million self-described atheists and agnostics (nearly 6% of the U.S. public), as well as nearly 33 million people who say they have no particular religious affiliation (14%).”

Read the complete Pew Institute Report (PDF)

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One response to “Religion / Pew Institute Report: One-in-Five Adults Have No Religious Affiliation

  1. While I have not finished the Pew report, I can say that my lack of affiliation is the result of disaffection with organized religion (churches–in particular the Catholic Church). I have never been a Catholic but was affiliated with the Baptist Church for many years as a teenager and later as a young married sailor. Over time I began to have problems with all of what I considered “man made” rules and the constant push for more and more money. I do not understand at all how anyone could be a Catholic. When I look at the grandiosity of the church, I am sure that Christ would treat the church heirarchy much like the money changers in the temple. I have even said at times I thought the Pope was the Anti-Christ. That may be a little strong but I know of nothing that can justify popes, cardinals, arch bishops, bishops and all the other members of the heirarchy. Nothing I know of requires the treatment of women (nuns) as the handmaidens of the priesthood and second class citizens.

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