Study: Fewer Protestants, More Americans With No Religious Affiliation


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A new study indicates that Protestants are no longer in the majority in the United States, due in large part to the growing number of Americans who say they have no religious affiliation.

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life issued a report this morning that said approximately 20 percent of Americans have no religious affiliation, an increase from 15 percent in the last five years. That number pushed down the number of Protestants to 48 percent, the first time in the study's history that Protestants fell below the 50 percent mark.

The Pew study found that the number of unaffiliated Americans included a broad range of groups: men and women, college graduates and those without a college degree, people earning less than $30,000 annually and those earning $75,000 or more.

Analysts said they expected more growth in the "none" category. One-third of adults under the age of 30 have no religious affiliation, compared to only 9 percent of people 65 and older.



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