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Pew Study: 'Nones' – People Sans Religion – Increase by 7 Percent

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A new Pew study found that since 2007, the Christian share of the population fell roughly 8 percent. Over the same period, those unaffiliated with any religion, so-called 'nones,' grew by nearly 7 percent.

"While the drop in Christian affiliation is particularly pronounced among young adults, it is occurring among Americans of all ages," the Pew Research Center wrote in a blog piece accompanying its latest survey data on Tuesday.

"The same trends are seen among whites, blacks and Latinos; among both college graduates and adults with only a high school education; and among women as well as men."

Pew released an infographic further explaining its findings on Twitter.



While the proportion of those identifying as Christian in the U.S. continues to decline, the population remains majority Christian. Americans self-identifying as Catholic, Mainline Protestant, Evangelical Protestant, Orthodox Christian, Mormon, Jehovah's Witness, or Other Christian comprised 70.6 percent of the population through 2014.

Americans identifying as 'nones,' atheists, agnostics, and unaffiliated people, ended 2014 comprising 22.8 percent of the population — more than one in five.

The proportion of Americans identifying as Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and other faith groups increased 1.2 percent, and, taken all together, non-Christian people make up just under 6 percent of the population, or roughly one in 20.

The Pew study included a survey of more than 35,000 Americans.

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A new Pew study found that since 2007, the Christian share of the population fell roughly 8 percent. Over the same period, those unaffiliated with any religion, so-called 'nones,' grew by nearly 7 percent.
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