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Study: Religious 'Nones' Largest Single Religious Group Among Dems

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The largest, single religious group among Democrats is now the "nones" — an umbrella group that includes atheists, agnostics and those unaffiliated with a specific faith, a new study shows.

The Pew Research Center study, titled "U.S. Becoming Less Religious" — the second installment of the group's Religious Landscape Study — finds among self-identified Democrats or Democrat-leaning respondents, the number not affiliating with any religion has grown to 28 percent in 2014 from 19 percent in 2007.

In comparison, 21 percent identified as Catholics and 16 percent identified as evangelicals in 2014; seven years earlier, the identified Catholics were 24 percent and the proportion of evangelicals came in at 19 percent.

"The growth of the 'nones' is having a particularly pronounced impact on the Democratic  Party coalition," the report concludes. "In fact, religious 'nones' are now more numerous among Democrats and Democrat-leaning adults than are Catholics, evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants or members of the historically black Protestant tradition."

The study finds the religiously unaffiliated "also are growing within the GOP, though not as quickly, and they remain far outnumbered by evangelicals and less numerous than Catholics or mainline Protestants within the Republican coalition."

The study finds among Republicans, 14 percent are "unaffiliated" in 2014, compared with 10 percent who identified that way in 2007.

Among the GOP, the biggest religious group in 2014 remains evangelicals, who made up 38 percent of the GOP in 2014 as opposed to 37 percent in 2007; the second biggest group in 2014 was Catholics, down to 21 percent from 22 percent in 2007.

The newly released report — which found decreases in the proportions of Americans who say they believe in God, pray daily and attend church —  follows a Pew Research Center report released in May that found a decrease in the proportion of Americans calling themselves Christians

The researchers point out "not all religious 'nones' are nonbelievers."

"In fact, the majority of Americans without a religious affiliation say they believe in God," the research study says. "As a group, however, the 'ones' are far less religiously observant than Americans who identify with a specific faith."

Added the researchers, "the vast majority of Americans" — 77 percent — "continue to identify with some religious faith."

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The largest, single religious group among Democrats is now the "nones" - an umbrella group that includes atheists, agnostics and those unaffiliated with a specific faith, a new study shows.
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