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    New survey of American religious affiliations

    A new survey done by the Public Relations Research Institute on the religious affiliations of Americans has been publish. This post is excerpts from an Axios story on it. Both the Axios story and the original PRRI publication are linked below.

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    White Christians now make up only 43% of the American population, according to a survey of 101,000 Americans by PRRI. The share of those who claim to be unaffiliated with religion has grown to 24%, up from a low of 6% in 1991, and 38% of young Americans (18-30) say they are unaffiliated.

    Why it matters: This is a dramatic demographic change in the U.S., which has been dominated historically by white protestant Christians. In 1976, 81% of Americans identified as white and Christian with 55% claiming Protestantism. Now those numbers are 43% and 30%, and this trend is likely to continue, as the younger generations are increasingly less likely to identify as white and Christian and more likely to identify as unaffiliated.
    https://www.axios.com/white-christia...mpaign=organic

    Lots more data here: https://www.prri.org/research/americ...-unaffiliated/
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    Quote Originally Posted by RNG View Post
    A new survey done by the Public Relations Research Institute on the religious affiliations of Americans has been publish. This post is excerpts from an Axios story on it. Both the Axios story and the original PRRI publication are linked below.

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    https://www.axios.com/white-christia...mpaign=organic

    Lots more data here: https://www.prri.org/research/americ...-unaffiliated/
    It's been a growing trend.

    Most "organized" religious have seen their numbers drop.

    Just from personal experience, most of kid's friends are not "religious"...

    Which is a nice change having lived through the era of the "religious right" in politics. Even now you can see their influence is waning in that regard.
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    That's one hell of a survey.

    Usually 1500 will get you accurate results but 101,000?

    I don't think I've ever heard of one that large before.

    However, I have a counter-poll.



    Ask Americans their religion and you'll get an earful — 50 individual answers in an ABCNEWS/Beliefnet poll, ranging from agnostics to Zen Buddhists. The vast majority, though, have something in common: Jesus Christ.
    Eighty-three percent of Americans identify themselves as Christians. Most of the rest, 13 percent, have no religion. That leaves just 4 percent as adherents of all non-Christian religions combined — Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and a smattering of individual mentions.

    Eighty-three percent of Americans identify themselves as Christians. Most of the rest, 13 percent, have no religion. That leaves just 4 percent as adherents of all non-Christian religions combined — Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and a smattering of individual mentions.

    That's quite different from the world at large: Fifty-two percent of the world's population is non-Christian, compared to 4 percent in the United States; and one-third is Christian, compared to 83 percent in the United States. (These are rough comparisons, because the world figures, reported by the Encyclopedia Britannica, are for the full population, while the U.S. figures are among adults only.)

    This poll used an open-ended question to gauge religious affiliation: "What if anything is your religion?" Most of the 50 affiliations cited are Christian denominations, ranging from the Assembly of God to the United Church of Christ. Added up they show that 53 percent of Americans are Protestants, 22 percent Catholics and 8 percent other Christians, such as Mormons or Jehovah's Witnesses.
    Poll: Most Americans Say They're Christian - ABC News

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    That's one hell of a survey.

    Usually 1500 will get you accurate results but 101,000?

    I don't think I've ever heard of one that large before.

    However, I have a counter-poll.





    Poll: Most Americans Say They're Christian - ABC News
    Your poll is from 2001. Scroll to the bottom and there is the date listed.

    http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/2001...rica-poll.aspx
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    Quote Originally Posted by RNG View Post
    A new survey done by the Public Relations Research Institute on the religious affiliations of Americans has been publish. This post is excerpts from an Axios story on it. Both the Axios story and the original PRRI publication are linked below.

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    https://www.axios.com/white-christia...mpaign=organic

    Lots more data here: https://www.prri.org/research/americ...-unaffiliated/
    That poll is fake, its 70.6% Christian Religion in America: U.S. Religious Data, Demographics and Statistics | Pew Research Center

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    Quote Originally Posted by aboutenough View Post
    Sure. If you consider playing Santa Claus and hiding Easter Eggs to render a person a "Christian".
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    Quote Originally Posted by aboutenough View Post
    The poll isn't fake. It's just more recent and polls more people than this one. Also, Pew often doesn't include as many young adults proportional to their representation in the population.

    read it yourself

    Granted, many of the young people who seem to be skewing the results away from religous may sway back as they get older. Also, from the looks of the survey, people who consider themselves Christian but don't belong, attend, or even care about churches or attending religious services would be counted as "unaffiliated" (which isn't entirely false).
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    I saw one Pew poll a few years ago where the asked people for their religious affiliation. But then they followed up with a question about church attendance and praying.

    Of those who self-identified as Christian, a significant fraction seldom or never went to church and even fewer ever prayed.

    Similarly, 2/3 of those who self-identified as Jewish seldom or never went to temple. In a follow-up question they asked of those Jews who seldom or never went to temple, they said they considered Judaism more a cultural thing than a religious one.

    Either they didn't ask that or didn't report the results of that question of Christians.

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    To be honest, I am surprised that there is "43%."

    Americans are "too good" for God, these days.

    Plus, He has rules and shit, that can really cramp a good time, as well as our never-ending pursuit of instant gratification, sans any consequences......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rorschach View Post
    To be honest, I am surprised that there is "43%."

    Americans are "too good" for God, these days.

    Plus, He has rules and shit, that can really cramp a good time, as well as our never-ending pursuit of instant gratification, sans any consequences......
    What's wrong with instant gratification? Wanting that just makes me human.

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