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This Christmas, 78% of Americans Identify as Christian [Was 91% in 1948!]
Gallup ^ | December 28, 2009

Posted on 12/28/2009 11:31:21 AM PST by Steelfish

December 24, 2009 This Christmas, 78% of Americans Identify as Christian

Over time, fewer Americans identify as Christian; more have no religious identity

by Frank NewportPRINCETON, NJ -- This Christmas season, 78% of Americans identify with some form of Christian religion, a proportion that has been declining in recent decades. The major reason for this decline has been an increase in the percentage of Americans claiming no religious identity, now at 13% of all adults.

(Excerpt) Read more at gallup.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2009polls; christendom; polls; trends

1 posted on 12/28/2009 11:31:23 AM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish
Seventy-eight percent of the adult population today equates to “?” percent of the adult population of 1948 ... IOW, maybe there's 120 million adults today vs say 78 million in 1948 ... the percentage could be down but the number of Christians could be higher ....
2 posted on 12/28/2009 11:34:50 AM PST by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Steelfish

The less Christian, the more liberal, Social Conservatism is the foundation of conservatism in America.


3 posted on 12/28/2009 11:35:41 AM PST by ansel12 (anti SoCon. Earl Warren's court 1953-1969, libertarian hero, anti social conservative loser.)
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To: Steelfish

If it were not for the massive growth in the Hispanic population, that change would be much more drastic.


4 posted on 12/28/2009 11:36:42 AM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: Steelfish
well yeah...all presidents, even the one worlder Bushes......loved to let their cult friends from the middle east and elsewhere into America...
5 posted on 12/28/2009 11:37:55 AM PST by Vaquero (BHO....'The Pretenda from Kenya')
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To: Steelfish
78% of Americans are Christian, but 0 runs around the world saying that America is no longer a Christian nation.

Clueless in D.C.

6 posted on 12/28/2009 11:37:57 AM PST by rightly_dividing
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To: SkyDancer

“Seventy-eight percent of the adult population today equates to “?” percent of the adult population of 1948 ... IOW, maybe there’s 120 million adults today vs say 78 million in 1948 ... the percentage could be down but the number of Christians could be higher....”

?????


7 posted on 12/28/2009 11:38:37 AM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: Steelfish

Proud Roman Catholic/Easter Orthodox practitioner here. They didn’t call me to ask, and my family occupied 3 long pews at Midnight Mass this Christmas!


8 posted on 12/28/2009 11:40:21 AM PST by rarestia (Confutatis maledictis, voca me cum benedictis)
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To: Steelfish

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And the NEA published the bible-quoting “American Citizens Handbook” from 1941 to 1968.
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9 posted on 12/28/2009 11:41:37 AM PST by polymuser ("We have a right to debate and disagree with any administration!" (HRC))
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To: rarestia

They do not need to interview anyone in your family as they only need 800 respondents to reach a margin of error of 3.46%.


10 posted on 12/28/2009 11:43:22 AM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: Steelfish
Sad! But even sadder, how many of those self-professed Christians say so just because "they are not Muslim, or Jewish..."? How many are true Christians, born-again of the Spirit?

Come soon, Lord Jesus!

Any Messianic Jews in the forum? I would love to know how to say "Come soon, Lord Jesus" in hebrew, and use it as my tagline.

11 posted on 12/28/2009 11:44:15 AM PST by Former Fetus
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To: trumandogz

The way the story presented itself was that supposedly there are fewer Christians today than in 1948 because of the percentages. I’m saying that the population is larger than in 1948 so even though the percentage is down (78%) there could be more professing Christians today than the 91% in 1948 due to a larger population ......


12 posted on 12/28/2009 11:47:18 AM PST by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Steelfish
The major reason for this decline has been an increase in the percentage of Americans claiming no religious identity, now at 13% of all adults.

Or, it could be because we have more non-Christians immigrating to this country.

I don't think these results really mean anything other than we have more non-Americans living here.

13 posted on 12/28/2009 11:54:11 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Remember in November! Throw all of the bums out!)
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To: Steelfish
The government is bringing in whole hoards of muslim tribes and putting them in upstate NY and other rust belt areas. In the little city I live near (Utica, NY) there are tens of thousands of muslims. The government is changing the demographics of the United States forever.
14 posted on 12/28/2009 11:56:42 AM PST by GinaLolaB
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To: SkyDancer

The article did not mention raw numbers, but rather percentages of those who call themselves Christian.

So today, due largely to immigration there are more people in the US and thus for Christians, but the percentage of Christians has dropped.

And my guess is that if you were to exclude those from the sample that migrated here from Latin America or are of Hispanic decent that the number of those calling themselves Christian would be far below 78%.


15 posted on 12/28/2009 11:57:36 AM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: SkyDancer

The article did not mention raw numbers, but rather percentages of those who call themselves Christian.

So today, due largely to immigration there are more people in the US and thus for Christians, but the percentage of Christians has dropped.

And my guess is that if you were to exclude those from the sample that migrated here from Latin America or are of Hispanic decent that the number of those calling themselves Christian would be far below 78%.


16 posted on 12/28/2009 11:58:17 AM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: trumandogz

Latin America is very Catholic so I’m thinking that they’d call themselves Christian ....


17 posted on 12/28/2009 12:00:45 PM PST by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Steelfish

Way too high. If that was true Obama would not be the President.


18 posted on 12/28/2009 12:08:04 PM PST by mulligan
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To: SkyDancer

That is the point.

Without all that Catholic Immigration from Mexico, the percentage of Christians in the US would be much lower.


19 posted on 12/28/2009 12:11:45 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: SkyDancer

That is the point.

Without all that Catholic Immigration from Mexico, the percentage of Christians in the US would be much lower.


20 posted on 12/28/2009 12:11:56 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: SkyDancer
There was much more stigma attached to being non-Christian in 1948 than there is today. My guess is that the real percentage of those who are Christian has changed little, there are just more who are willing to admit that they are not today.
21 posted on 12/28/2009 12:16:02 PM PST by Between the Lines (For their sins of 50 million abortions God gave them over to be an ObamaNation {Romans 1:24-32})
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To: GinaLolaB; SkyDancer

Not just Muslims. There are hordes of Hindus and Buddhists as well coupled with tens of thousands of secular Chinese. And then of course, we have chain migration. No small wonder this nation is no longer the country it used to be just a decade or two ago.


22 posted on 12/28/2009 12:23:02 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: trumandogz
They do not need to interview anyone in your family as they only need 800 respondents to reach a margin of error of 3.46%.

There is also the problem of "respondent refusal" and its effect upon polls and their weighting. I am an example, the minute that a time-waster calls me and identifies the purpose as a poll, I tell them I am not interested and politely hang up. From other posts on Free Republic I know that I am not alone in my actions. This is a known effect and is the despair of all pollster organizations but I have more and better things to do than to play their numbers game.

23 posted on 12/28/2009 1:12:36 PM PST by SES1066 (Cycling to conserve, Conservative to save, Saving to Retire, will Retire to Cycle.)
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