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Christian share of U.S. population plunges

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Christian share of U.S. population plunges

By Nick Gass

5/12/15 7:59 AM EDT

The fastest-growing religious group in the United States is … none of the above.

Christians have declined as an overall share of the U.S. population in the last decade, as more have begun to identify themselves as unaffiliated and to a lesser extent, with non-Christian faiths, according to a massive new Pew Research Center survey released Tuesday.

The drop, while most pronounced among young adults, is happening across age, regional, ethnic and racial groups. The number of Americans who identify as Christian has dropped almost eight percentage points in seven years — from 78.4 percent in a similar 2007 study to 70.6 percent in 2014.

Younger generations are less likely to identify as Christian and more likely to identify as unaffiliated, with just 56 percent of Americans born between 1990 and 1996 calling themselves Christian compared with 85 percent of those born between 1928 and 1945.

The decrease in the Christian share of the population comes mostly at the expense of Protestants and Catholics. Both groups have shrunk by 4.8 percent and 3.1 percent, respectively since 2007.

Among those identifying with non-Christian faiths, 1.5 percent responded with a religion other than Judaism, Islam, Buddhism or Hinduism.

At the same time, 22.8 percent of Americans responded in 2014 that they are unaffiliated with any religion, whether atheist, agnostic or nothing in particular. That’s an increase of nearly seven percentage points from 2007, when just 16.1 percent identified as unaffiliated. In that subset, the largest jump occurred among people who said they affiliated with “nothing in particular.”

The survey also found an increase in religious intermarriage among Americans who have tied the knot since 2010. Nearly four-in-ten (39 percent) said they are in a religiously mixed relationship, compared to 19 percent who were married before 1960.

The survey was conducted in English and Spanish among 35,071 American adults by telephone from June 4-Sept. 30, 2014, carrying an overall margin of error of plus-or-minus 0.6 percentage points.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/05/pew-religion-surveu-christians-americans-117847.html#ixzz3ZvcGgbh2

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