No Religion on the Rise

From Pew’s survey released today, in the last five years, the number of Americans who are religiously unaffiliated has increased from just over 15% to just under 20% of all U.S. adults. That rise is driven in part by generational displacement and an uptick among Generation Xers and Baby Boomers. Of note U.S. Evangelicals and Mainline Protestants have both decreased as a percentage of the U.S. population standing at 19% and 15% respectively. For the first time since the start of these surveys in the 1960s Protestants now make up less than a majority of the U.S. Population (48%).

Here’s a few highlights from the survey:

  • 1/5th of the U.S. public (1/3 of adults under 30) are religiously unaffiliated
  • 13 million self-described atheists and agnostics
  • two-thirds believe in God (68%) but only 10% are seeking a spiritual home
  • 58% find a connection with nature and the earth
  • additionally most have a positive view of religious institutions in terms of their benefit to society, their ability to strengthen of community bonds, and their care for the poor
  • “Overwhelmingly, they [the religiously unaffiliated] think that religious organizations are too concerned with money and power, too focused on rules and too involved in politics”
  • driven by generational displacement and uptick in religiously unaffiliated among Generation Xers and Baby Boomers: Generation Xers and baby boomers have become more religiously unaffiliated in recent years (from 18% to 21% for Xers and from 12% to 15% for baby boomers)

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