Christians In U.S. On Decline As Number Of 'Nones' Grows, Survey Finds
The U.S is home to the most Christians in the world, but the number of Americans who identify as Christian is declining, according to a newly released survey by the Pew Research Center. The survey of more than 35,000 Americans also found the number of people who consider themselves unaffiliated with any religion, or "nones," is growing.
According to Pew:
The Pew survey found the number of Americans who describe themselves as Christian dropped almost 8 percentage points, from 78.4 percent in 2007 to 70.6 percent last year. During the same seven-year period, those who describe themselves as atheist, agnostic or "nothing in particular" increased from 16.1 percent to 22.8 percent.
The number of people identifying as Jews, Muslims and Hindus were all up slightly.
Pew says the decline in Christians "has been driven mainly by declines among mainline Protestants and Catholics." It adds:
The New York Times parses the survey this way:
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