Report: Religion in U.S. on the decline

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Friday, October 8, 2004
United Press International
washingtontimes.com

San Francisco, CA, Sep. 22 (UPI)

A new survey by the Institute for Jewish and Community Research concludes that religious identity in the United States has declined over the past decade. The San Francisco-based group's survey, titled "The Decline of Religious Identity in the United States," found that 16 percent of respondents declined to identify with a particular faith, up from less than 10 percent in the early '90s. This "no-religion" grouping is now the third-largest in the nation, behind Catholics, at 24 percent, and Baptists, at 17 percent. "Although it is too soon to know if this evidence will mark the start of a long-term trend -- or exactly what the decline implies -- if it persists, these numbers clearly contradict the notion that all Americans are becoming more religious. While some Americans are becoming more religious, a significant number are moving in the other direction," said Gary A. Tobin, the of institute's president.

 

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