The percentage of Americans who describe themselves as “religiously unaffiliated” continues to rise according to a new Pew Research Center survey looking at trend in America’s religious landscape. Conducted from May 29 to Aug. 25, 2021, the Pew survey is an annual report.

While Christians continue to make up a majority of the U.S. populace, their share of the adult population is 12 points lower in 2021 than it was in 2011. In addition, the share of U.S. adults who say they pray on a daily basis has been trending downward, as has the share who say religion is “very important” in their lives.

According to Pew’s survey, 29% of U.S. adults are religious “nones” – people who describe themselves as atheists, agnostics or “nothing in particular.”

Self-identified “Christians” – including Protestants, Catholics, Mormons and Orthodox – make up 63% of the adult population. This group outnumbers religious “nones” by a ratio of about two-to-one, but the gap is narrowing. In 2007, Pew reported that Christians outnumbered “nones” by almost five-to-one (78% vs. 16%).

The recent declines within Christianity are concentrated among Protestants. Today, 40% of U.S. adults are Protestants, a group that includes nondenominational Christians and people who describe themselves as “just Christian” along with Baptists, Methodists, Lutherans, Presbyterians and members of many other denominational families. This population is down 4 percentage points over the last five years and has dropped 10 points in 10 years.

By comparison, the Catholic share of the population, which had ticked downward between 2007 and 2014, has held relatively steady in recent years. As of 2021, 21% of U.S. adults describe themselves as Catholic, identical to 2014.

The Pew survey interviewed 3,937 Americans. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.1%.

A separate Pew survey looked at how often Americans pray and how important religion is in their lives. It found that fewer than half of U.S. adults (45%) say they pray on a daily basis, down from 58% who reported praying daily in the 2007. Roughly one-third of U.S. adults (32%) now say they seldom or never pray, up from 18% who said this in 2007.

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New report shows continued decline of religion in American

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.

1 Comment

  • Steve P Peterson says:

    This is to be expected if one believes the Bible. Paul says that in the end times “men will be lovers of themselves”, and that there will be “a great falling away”. Jesus said that “the love of many good men will grow cold”, and “will the Son of Man find faith upon the earth”.
    Do not confuse lack of faith in an increasingly (and, I might add, engineered) secularized society with a pulling back of Christ’s lordship. He remains Lord of Lords, and of his government there will be no end. But God is all about free will and whosoever will. The people who reject Him will be rejected by him when he comes again.