The American Religious Identification Survey finds that fewer and fewer Americans call themselves â€śreligiousâ€?. The survey was conducted between February and November of 2008. Read more, photos and video below.
According to the survey conducted, Catholics are moving and secularists are increasing. Catholics which used to predominately live in the northeast, are now moving to the southwestern part of the United States. Secularity is growing in staggering numbers throughout all regions of the country. From the survey:
ARIS 2008 is the third in a landmark series of large, nationally representative surveys of U.S. adults in the 48 contiguous states conducted by Kosmin and Ariela Keysar. Employing the same research methodology as the 1990 and 2001 surveys, ARIS 2008 questioned 54,461 adults in either English or Spanish. With a margin of error of less than 0.5 percent, it provides the only complete portrait of how contemporary Americans identify themselves religiously, and how that self-identification has changed over the past generation.
In its original survey conducted in 1990, Americans who considered themselves as having no religion came in at 8.2%; that figure increased to 14.2 in 2001 and now stands at a whopping 15% who claim no religious affiliation. Northern New England is the least religious part of the country, the pacific northwest held that honor in 2001. Vermont led all states with 34% answering â€śnoneâ€?, not surprising considering that Howard Dean was once Governor of Vermont. From the Survey:
The percentage of Christians in America, which declined in the 1990s from 86.2 percent to 76.7 percent, has now edged down to 76 percent. Ninety percent of the decline comes from the non-Catholic segment of the Christian population, largely from the mainline denominations, including Methodists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Episcopalians/Anglicans, and the United Church of Christ.
These groups, whose proportion of the American population shrank from 18.7 percent in 1990 to 17.2 percent in 2001, all experienced sharp numerical declines this decade and now constitute just 12.9 percent.
Other findings in the survey include the fact that Baptists, the largest of the non-Catholic Christian denominations have increased their numbers but continue to decline as a proportion of the population. Muslims have grown as a proportion of the population by .6% while Jews have declined from 3.1 million in 1990 to 2.7 million in the current survey. The number of outright atheists have doubled since 2001 to 1.6 million. New religious movements such as Wiccans and pagans have grown faster in this decade than in the 1990â€™s.
A video of Less Religion is below.
America Less Religious Video