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US Protestant Affiliation Drops Below 50 Percent, 'Nones' Increase

By    |   Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 07:03 PM

Protestants and other non-Catholic Christians represent less than 50 percent of the U.S. population for the very first time — a decline fueled by the rise in those claiming no religious affiliation at all, a new survey shows.

The General Social Survey
from the University of Chicago finds Americans who belong to no church — referred to as "nones" — rose to 21 percent in 2014, doubling in just 20 years.

That means 7.5 million people have left religion since 2012, the Christian Broadcasting Network reports, adding only 17 percent of Americans say they never pray, and almost 35 percent say they never attend a worship service.

Protestants, meanwhile, have dropped to 49 percent from nearly 60 percent over the same period, the survey finds.

Catholics have stayed consistent at 25 percent, an analysis by Georgetown University's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.

"Protestants and other Christians are not faring as well and for the first time in the GSS make up less than half of the population," the Center notes. "A near mirror image of this decline is the continued rise of the Nones, who have no religious affiliation (although many still believe in God and have religious or spiritual aspects in their life)."

"Catholics still outnumber Nones but this may no longer be the case, if current trends continue, when the 2016 GSS is released."

The GSS also finds those who were raised without a religious affiliation are likely to remain that way as adults, with 4 percent becoming Catholics as adults and 25 percent becoming Protestants or other Christians.

Among Catholics, the GSS reports, 43 percent call themselves moderate, 24 percent liberal and 33 percent conservative; 40 percent support abortion; and only 12 percent believing sex before marriage is "always wrong." Twenty-five percent have a gun at home, the survey also finds.

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