Americans have less confidence in organized religion than they did almost a decade ago, a new study shows.
But less than 21 percent of the respondents said that they do not practice a “formal religion” of the 15 percent who said that in 2008, according to Gallup.
“Religion is losing influence on society,” according to Gallup, which may be a reason for the decline. “This can be a short term phenomenon or an indication of a more sustainable pattern.”
Overall, 74 percent of Americans identified as Christian and 2.1 percent said they were Jewish; 1.8 percent said they were Mormon and .8 identified as Muslim, according to the pollsters.
Everyone either claimed that the “none/ atheist / agnostic” or gave no response at all, researchers said.
The number of true believers has dropped dramatically since the 1940s and 1950s, when there’s less than 3 percent said that they practiced no formal religion.
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