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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
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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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