Thursday, October 18, 2012
1 in 5 Americans Select "None" as their Religion
These data from a Pew poll are startling. The population of "Religiously Unaffiliated" has grown 5% since 2007. And the largest growth has been among young people.
Most of the erosion is coming from the Protestant denominations. Catholics remain a solid 25% of the population, virtually unchanged since 1972. But the various Protestant churches have lost more than 10% in the same time. And that 10% has shifted to the unaffiliated category.
There is a ton of juicy data to paw through. Far more than I can digest and summarize here.