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Americans and religion increasingly parting ways, new survey shows
UC Berkeley ^ | March 12, 2013 | Yasmin Anwar

Posted on 03/15/2013 10:01:46 PM PDT by TBP

Religious affiliation in the United States is at its lowest point since it began to be tracked in the 1930s, according to analysis of newly released survey data by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and Duke University. Last year, one in five Americans claimed they had no religious preference, more than double the number reported in 1990.

Fewer Americans affiliated with an organized religion, survey shows

UC Berkeley sociologists Mike Hout and Claude Fischer , along with Mark Chaves of Duke University, analyzed data on religious attitudes as part of the General Social Survey, a highly cited biannual poll conducted by NORC, an independent research institute at the University of Chicago.

Results of the survey – which looked at numerous issues, including attitudes about gun ownership and how tax dollars should be spent, and is funded in part by the National Science Foundation – are being released now and in coming weeks.

On American attitudes toward religion, UC Berkeley researchers found that 20 percent of a nationally representative group reported no religious preference. That’s a jump from 1990 when all but 8 percent of Americans polled identified with an organized faith.

”This continues a trend of Americans disavowing a specific religious affiliation that has accelerated greatly since 1990,” said Hout, lead author of the study.

Hout and Fischer are authors of the General Social Survey study that in 2002 first identified a rise in the number of “unchurched.” They are careful to distinguish the survey category of “no religion,” which means individuals who are not part of an organized religion, from “atheists,” who do not believe in God and made up just 3 percent of those interviewed last year. Meanwhile, just 8 percent of those surveyed said they were raised with no religion.

Responses in the survey were to the question, “What is your religious preference? Is it Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, some other religion, or no religion?”

An analysis of the results suggests the following:

Liberals are far more likely to claim “no religion” (40 percent) than conservatives (9 percent)

Men are more likely than women to claim “no religion” (24 percent of men versus 16 percent of women).

More whites claimed “no religion” (21 percent) compared to African Americans (17 percent) and Mexican Americans (14 percent).

More than one-third of 18-to-24-year-olds claimed “no religion” compared to just 7 percent of those 75 and older.

Residents of the Midwestern and Southern states were least likely to claim “no religion” compared to respondents in the Western, Mountain and Northeastern states. But Midwesterners and Southerners are catching up, Hout said.

Educational differences among those claiming “no religion” are small compared to other demographic differences.

About one-third of Americans identify with a conservative Protestant denomination, one-quarter are Catholics (although 35 percent were raised Catholic) and 1.5 percent are Jewish.

The General Social Survey has been tracking major social and cultural trends in American society since 1972, when only 5 percent of those polled claimed no religion. Since 1990, an uptick in those identifying themselves as following no particular religion has progressed steadily with 18 percent identifying as such in 2010 and 20 percent in 2012.


TOPICS: Current Events; General Discusssion; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: faithandphilosophy; religion; religious; unchurched
Continuing a trend that appears to have been going on for a while.

It looks as if religious organizations of all types -- Catholic, Protestant, non-Christian -- are seeing declines.

So how does one reach these "unchurched" and encourage them to get involved?

1 posted on 03/15/2013 10:01:46 PM PDT by TBP
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To: TBP

there are plenty of people looking for answers. and heck, just even someone to talk to.


2 posted on 03/15/2013 10:05:49 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: TBP
Oh I just love a study coming out of Berkley don't you.

The next best study from Berkley would be a study on religion in Amerika!

Two subjects about which Berkley would know very little, if anything.

3 posted on 03/15/2013 10:09:32 PM PDT by zerosix (Native sunflower)
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To: TBP

Sad. Isn’t this exactly what the marxists wanted?


4 posted on 03/15/2013 10:09:43 PM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44 (Fluck this adminstration of misfits.)
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To: TBP

With the left and media etc being at war against faith for decades, is anyone really surprised?


5 posted on 03/15/2013 10:09:56 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: TBP
Americans and religion increasingly parting ways, new survey shows

When most of what you watch on TV and hear in the news counters what the Bible says, what can you expect? Continuing a trend that appears to have been going on for a while.

From the beginning of time.

6 posted on 03/15/2013 10:12:13 PM PDT by doc1019 (The rabbit hole that Obama is leading us down just gets deeper and deeper.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

I was feelin’ kinda lonesome and blue
I needed somebody to talk to
So I called up the operator of time
Just to hear a voice of some kind
“When you hear the beep it will be three o’clock”
She said that for over an hour
And I hung up

- Bob Dylan, Talkin’ World War III Blues


7 posted on 03/15/2013 10:16:41 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: TBP
I'm putting on the old flame suit...

I think religion has been far to closely identified with politics in the last 20-30 years.

Politicians are idiots..God is not.

When religious beliefs are perceived by the majority of the population as nothing more than political posturing..faith loses.

America was a unique experiment based on natural law. If America fails it will not be because the foundation was not strong but because we forgot where we came from and allowed politics to define our faith and undermine the foundation...

8 posted on 03/15/2013 10:34:34 PM PDT by montanajoe
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To: TBP

At the risk of getting slapped around I will post my thoughts. Guess I’m feeling brave this evening.

Many people don’t affiliate with organized religion due to the recent bad press and demeanor of the churches.

That doesn’t mean they don’t pray, believe in God, believe in Jesus and the scripture.

Perhaps organized religion need so get back to it’s roots. Perhaps people will return then. Not everyone that doesn’t go to church is Godless.


9 posted on 03/15/2013 10:41:29 PM PDT by berdie
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To: TBP

The republican party just ran an anti-Christian cult leader who is in the process of becoming a God, as it’s nominee, I would say that Christianity is in deep trouble in America.


10 posted on 03/15/2013 10:56:04 PM PDT by ansel12 ( August 29,2008 A Natural Born Reformer inadvertently unleashed within palace walls, change ensues.)
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To: TBP

People are embracing reason and logic in place of superstition and ignorance? I’m shocked!


11 posted on 03/15/2013 11:00:37 PM PDT by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: TBP

We’ll never see an article titled “Universities and Marxism increasingly parting ways”, will we? I’m sure that Soviet higher educational facilities were churning out the anti-religious agitprop just like this—with the only difference being the backing by the USSR’s constitution, which explicitly granted special freedom to “antireligious propaganda” (Article 124 in the 1936 constitution, and Article 52 in the 1977 constitution as “atheistic propaganda”).


12 posted on 03/15/2013 11:25:06 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: BigCinBigD

No, people are embracing materialism, ironically because they are losing touch with nature.


13 posted on 03/15/2013 11:33:18 PM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: BigCinBigD

“People are embracing reason and logic”? I would say the last two elections have shown just the opposite in America.


14 posted on 03/15/2013 11:49:00 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: BigCinBigD

So it’s superstition to look at nature believe God created it as fact, and not only does He intervene in His creation, but also has a personal plan reconcile His creation (man) to Himself). The evidence that this is true both historically through archeology and geologically not counting.

Got ya.


15 posted on 03/16/2013 12:02:24 AM PDT by JSDude1
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To: BigCinBigD

People are embracing reason and logic in place of superstition and ignorance? I’m shocked!


Perhaps you are shocked, I am not.

Many people today place their own reason and logic above that of a God they can not believe in.

Many people today are above such superstition and nonsense.

In my opinion, they consider themselves above any level they can not reach. Their ego demands it,


16 posted on 03/16/2013 12:17:45 AM PDT by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: JSDude1

There is no evidence for god....yet.


17 posted on 03/16/2013 1:44:15 AM PDT by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: TBP

And this trend isn’t exactly improving life here, is it? The ungodly will crow until the sword falls.


18 posted on 03/16/2013 1:45:17 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: TBP

I think it might be interesting to give these Berkly researchers a practical knowledge test to see if they really understand what religion is.

Just what is it that they call religion? those who believe in the Catholic Church,a protestant church, a church of satan, those who go to any organization called a church every week, those who go to the moose or elks or the masonic meetings, religion is about everything.

The reason i say that is because although i do believe in Jesus as my lord and i believe he died so that any one who believes in him might be saved i have no religion other than some regarding politics.

I also understand the need for evangelism as Jesus said you shall know the truth and the truth will set you free, but then what?

Some people are called to spread the word, some are to minister to those preaching the word, maybe some of us should just start trying to live as Jesus told us to.

Maybe the researchers should go over and walk up the hill that Jesus walked and just try to experience what it was really all about, maybe then they could think of a word other than religion.

Maybe their question should be this ( would you be willing to die for Jesus the Christ the way he died for you? )

I wonder what kind of a number they would come up with.


19 posted on 03/16/2013 3:27:57 AM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: doc1019

When most of what you watch on TV and hear in the news counters what the Bible says, what can you expect?


That is right.


20 posted on 03/16/2013 3:29:36 AM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: TBP

Two things:

First, saying you have “no religious preference” does not mean you have no religion. It doesn’t even mean you are not a Christian believer.

Second, how do we reclaim the unchurched? We reclaim our own vision and offer that: Christ on a Cross, Christ’s real resurrection, His gifts to us of redemption, salvation, forgiveness, and a life of wholeness (holiness) for individuals and families.

And, then, be there when they begin to question the emptiness of the life the world offers.


21 posted on 03/16/2013 3:33:08 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: TBP
For those of you here who have faith in God, we should remember that God judges nations and individuals, but He also knows who His servants are.

Throughout the Bible, God's faithful ones lived among the pagans, the wicked, and the violent. The Almighty has the power to send armies of angels to protect and deliver those who fear Him. Those that He loves.

Be encouraged. God rules in the affairs of men.

"For this has been decreed by the messengers; it is commanded by the holy ones, so that everyone may know that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world. He gives them to anyone he chooses--even to the lowliest of people."

Daniel 4:17


22 posted on 03/16/2013 4:04:21 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: zerosix

Mike Hout, one of the researchers on this paper, is the same Berkeley professor who, along with a few of his first year sociology grad students, published the bogus and now thoroughly debunked study of the effect of electronic voting in Florida during 2004 presidential election.

Original 2004 news story:
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/uc-berkeley-research-team-sounds-smoke-alarm-for-florida-e-vote-count-75486372.html

Wired magazine article discussing the debunking Hout’s e-vote analysis:
http://www.wired.com/politics/security/news/2004/12/65896

For what it’s worth, I don’t believe Hout is stupid. I just think he has very little issue with skewing analysis to fit his (far Left) political agenda. I’m skeptical of any paper with his name on it.


23 posted on 03/16/2013 4:23:37 AM PDT by Qilin
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To: BigCinBigD

“People are embracing reason and logic in place of superstition and ignorance? I’m shocked!”

The University has gone from the science and reason pursuing establishment that the Church gave to the world to the leftist cesspool it is today, so I’d say you got it exactly backward.


24 posted on 03/16/2013 4:46:42 AM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: zerosix

That’s true, it’s a Buzerk-ly study so what did they do survey the bathhouses of SF? I’m sure they could also come up with a study showing 99.96% of the population favors 0bamacare.


25 posted on 03/16/2013 5:41:13 AM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: F15Eagle

Exactly. I figure reason and logic will be legally classified as “hate crimes” any day now.

“We have to spend money to keep from going bankrupt.”-Joe Biden


26 posted on 03/16/2013 6:52:37 AM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: BigCinBigD

Truth must of necessity be stranger than fiction...for fiction is the creation of the human mind, and therefore is congenial to it. - GK Chesterton

His writings are inspirational. The Everlasting Man and Orthodoxy are two of my favorites.


27 posted on 03/16/2013 7:08:06 AM PDT by bronxville (Margaret Sanger - “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,)
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To: TBP

It’s an Obamaville Marxist fad. Men and women thinking with their lady’s parts which serves those who want to “rule” over them.


28 posted on 03/16/2013 11:08:22 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: TBP

Americans should get away from religion and instead have a personal relationship with their Lord and Savior. Christianity is not a religion. Religions are not Christianity.


29 posted on 03/16/2013 2:01:43 PM PDT by Old Yeller
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To: BigCinBigD

Sure there is look around you at nature. This did not come from nothing.

2) Your heart, if you are honest is wicked (you may claim but I do GOOD), but if you are honest this still doesn’t satisfy because it is done with your own righteous standard...God will still judge you and you won’t find peace untill you trust Christ.

Here’s hoping that God opens your eyes. -JS


30 posted on 03/16/2013 2:45:58 PM PDT by JSDude1
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