According to new research, the percentage of the U.S. population that identifies as Christians continue to drop.
Here are 8 things you should know:
- Self-identified Christians. Self-identifying Christians make up 63% of the adult population, a number that was 12 points higher (75%) in 2011. It was 6 percentage points higher (69%) just five years ago.
- “Nones”: About 30% of those surveyed in 2021 identified themselves as “nones.” Nones include atheists, agnostics, or those having no particular religious affiliation. Ask them their religion and they will say “none.”
- The Protestant share of the population (40%) has declined 4 percentage points over the last five years. It has dropped 10 points in 10 years.
- Born-again or Evangelicals. Sixty percent of Protestants said they are “born-again or evangelical Christians,” including 58% of white Protestants and 66% of Black Protestants.
- Catholicism has held steady at 21% of the population.
- Non-Christian faiths. 6% of U.S. adults identify as having a non-Christian faith. This includes: Jewish 1%, Muslim 1%, Buddhist 1%, Hindu 1%, and other religions 2%.
- Who prays? Fewer than half of the adults surveyed (45%) said they pray every day. But 79% of born-again/ evangelical Protestants said they pray daily. Interestingly, 76% of white evangelicals and 81% of Black evangelicals say they pray daily.
- Church Attendance. About 31% of those polled said they attend religious services at least once or twice a month. 25% say they attend at least once a week.
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