Among what I consider the most interesting findings are the following:
- When asked to specify their religious affiliation, roughly 15% of of those surveyed reported no preference. Only 8.2% responded this way in 1990.
- The number of those surveyed reporting affiliation with Christianity is 76%, down from 86.2% in 1990.
- 34% of the sample identified themselves as "born again" or evangelical Christians.
- Approximately 12% of those surveyed were atheists or agnostics, representing a sharp increase from 1990.
I caution against over-interpretation of the report's findings without recognizing the methodological limitations inherent in studies of this nature. I think that it would be a mistake to conclude that evangelical Christianity is going to disappear soon. This has been predicted many times before, only to see a resurgence of religious idiocy. I have little doubt that our nation will experience another. Still, the report does seem to contain at least some good news for those of us eager to see less religion in America.
H/T to Spanish Inquisition
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