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The Rise of the Nones

The most recent poll by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has been released. (here) Most reports have been emphasizing the rise of the “nones.”

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 – and a third of adults under 30 – 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%).

Here are two interesting graphs that I saw.

Pewfewsreligiousinstitutions

Pewspiritualbeliefs

One Response to “The Rise of the Nones”

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    IH:

    On p. 13 of the full report there is an insightful chart of Trends in Religious Affiliation, 2007-2012. On p. 79 is the 2012 breakdown. These are the 2 references for the string “Jew” in the report. An interesting data point tangential to the conclusions of the report itself.

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