Poll: Church membership in US plummets over past 20 years

RNG

Moderator
Jan 2015
13,769
9,573
Left coast
#1
Anecdotally I was sure this was happening, but this is the first hard data to back it up. And the rate of change is surprisingly high.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As Christian and Jewish Americans prepare to celebrate Easter and Passover, respectively, Gallup finds the percentage of Americans who report belonging to a church, synagogue or mosque at an all-time low, averaging 50% in 2018.

U.S. church membership was 70% or higher from 1937 through 1976, falling modestly to an average of 68% in the 1970s through the 1990s. The past 20 years have seen an acceleration in the drop-off, with a 20-percentage-point decline since 1999 and more than half of that change occurring since the start of the current decade.



https://news.gallup.com/poll/248837/church-membership-down-sharply-past-two-decades.aspx
 
Jun 2014
46,072
45,645
United States
#2
I could show you dozens of abandoned protestant church buildings within a 20 mile radius of my home. We have 3 Catholic churches in the area, and they are all now served by a single Priest who rotates between them each week to perform Mass. The nearest Jewish synagogue to me is about 40 miles away. I don't know how attendance is there. I've only been there once, and that was decades ago.
 
May 2012
66,392
12,853
By the wall
#3
It probably has to do with the availability of the internet.

The last time I checked there was no significant drop off in the amount of people self-identifying as Christian so it's not that there are less Christians now.

Something is just keeping them from hanging out in a church.

Maybe they fear being shot to death by a liberal terrorist.