Christianity is on a rapid decline among American adults. This was the findings revealed by 2018 and 2019 telephone surveys conducted by the Pew Research Center. The latest polls were geared toward updating Pew’s research study about the changing religious landscape in America, which the research company conducted a decade ago.
When compared to the previous data gathered in determining religious affiliation, only 65 percent of American adult-respondents described themselves as Christians. The number indicated a 12 percent decline in Christian religious affiliation.
Correspondingly, the “nones” or those who identify with other religious group or having no religious affiliation at all, grew in numbers. When compared to the Pew Research surveys conducted in 2009, the unaffiliated respondents rose from a previous 17 percent to 26 percent.
Overview of the Declining Numbers if Christians and the Ascending Numbers of Nones
As a whole, believers in the Christian gospel in the U.S. are represented by people who adhere to Catholicism and Protestantism as religious practices. The decline in affiliation is present in both sectors.
Where previous poll data showed that 51 percent of adult Americans described themselves as Protestants, the new survey shows that only 43 percent of the respondents identified themselves as such. Indicating an 8 percent decline as far as Protestantism is concerned.
The change is also evident among Catholics. When matched against the 23 percent who identified with Catholicism in 2009, the recent polls saw only 20 percent of American adults who said they are Catholics.
The religiously unaffiliated or the “nones” that represent a subset population had naturally shown a swelling in number. About 17 percent of the respondents chose the “nothing in particular” in stating their religious affiliation; revealing a 5 percent when compared to the 12 percent who responded as such in the 2009 polls.
At present, the number of Atheists polled rose to 4 percent from a previous 2 percent.
The number of respondents who claimed they are agnostics represent 5 percent of the American adults surveyed; up by 2 percent when matched against the 3 percent revealed by the 2009 Pew polls.