A growing number of Americans don’t identify with any particular religious denomination, preferring instead to say “none of the above”. These “nones” are more politically liberal, have higher education levels, and higher incomes. These days, a Pew Research study found that there are more religiously unaffiliated people in the USA than at any other time in history. That study found that 30 percent say that they believe in “God or a universal spirit” and 20 percent said that they pray every day, the “none of the above” far outnumber anyone else. The poll found that even though some religious groups, such as “Born-Again Evangelicals”, grew percentage-wise, the “nones” are more numerous, and that includes a third of Americans under 30. The Public Religion Research Institute just came out with its American Values Atlas, and it finds that for the very first time, Protestants are no longer the majority religious group in the country, comprising only 47 percent. The “religiously unaffiliated” come in second, tying Catholics at 22 percent. Researchers also found that unaffiliateds are the majority in 13 states, including New Hampshire, Oregon, and Washington State. Conversely, residents in the South reported greater religious affiliation. PRRI Research Director Dan Cox told Alternet, “The American religious landscape is undergoing a dramatic transformation that’s fundamentally reshaping American politics and culture”. PRRI also found that 15 states where the unaffiliated represent the second-largest group, and PRRI researchers say that they expect the trend to grow.
3 March 2015
This is BAD NEWS for the GOP. They’ve staked it all on appealing to Evangelical Know-Nothings. That group is going to shrink. I think that the Republicans are going to become a permanent minority party based in the South and in other areas where fundies have clout. Othrwise, they’re out of the deal… thankfully.