Poll: Church membership in US plummets over past 20 years


Jan 2015
Left coast
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.

Jun 2014
United States
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
By the wall
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.