In the News: Religion in the US: Items of Note from Ongoing Research

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Springtide Research Institute was recently featured by Gallup. This article, Religion in the U.S.: Items of Note From Ongoing Research is reprinted in part below, but we encourage you to visit their site to read the piece in its entirety.

Several studies have suggested a stabilization in the increase of “nones” in the U.S. — the percentage of the adult population who, when asked, say they have no formal religious identity or affiliation. Gallup data, for example, reflect the dramatic increase in the proportion of American adults who say they have no religious preference from as low as 1% in the 1950s to the range of 20% in more recent years. Gallup’s yearly averages of nones from 2017 to 2020 were 20%, 20%, 21% and 20%, respectively. And in the latest survey, from last May, 16% say “none.” Similarly, a report by the Public Religion Research Institute shows the same type of leveling off or even a slight drop — from a high of 25.5% nones in 2018 to 23.3% in their latest 2020 report. There are many ways to measure religiosity, and other organizations may show data that differ in the months to come. And, as will be discussed below, the long-term impact of the pandemic on religious identity is still an unknown. But the “rise of the nones” may be moderating.

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