Self-Identified Christians: Going Up or Going Down – 8 Things You Should Know About New Research

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. “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.”
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Catholicism has held steady at 21% of the population.
  6. 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%.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

What do you think? E-mail me at craig@electionforum.org.

2 Comments on “Self-Identified Christians: Going Up or Going Down – 8 Things You Should Know About New Research”

  1. It has been my experience that some people who call themselves Christian are not really Christians. Their criteria for being Christian is something other than believing in Christ as a risen savior. I wonder how that affects the percentages?

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