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Christianity is still the majority religion in America, but it continues to decline in popularity.

A recent Gallup poll has revealed that one among five American adults does not identify with any religion, up 5% since 2008. This poll had a total of 174,000 respondents. If one goes by poll figures, then almost 75% of U.S. adults identify themselves with the Christian religion. About five percent of adults identify with any non-Christian religion. About 20 percent of the total respondents claim to follow no religion.

The poll clearly shows that even as Christians form a majority, the number of members belonging to this religion continue to fall. This trend has been continuing for decades. To put in perspective, Gallup polls conducted during the 1950s resulted in Christian dominated results, like 90 percent of those polled professed following the path laid by Christ. A miniscule percentage claimed to be irreligious at that time.

The report also states that religion is on the wane among the younger section of the population. Approximately one-third of total surveyed under 30 years of age confirmed their independence from religious thought.

When the numbers are narrowed down to only those who have claimed religious affiliation, 94 percent of them are found to Christians. The list of Christian categories includes Mormons, Catholics, Protestants and other non-denominational Christians. About 24 percent of U.S. residents identify themselves as Catholic. Protestantism is followed by 50 percent of Christian identified respondents. Mormons scoop up two percent. 

The Gallup survey confirms a previous Pew Research Center survey that discovered a significant fall in American religiosity. The same study reported a jump in the “Nones” or the religiously unaffiliated.

The Pew figures showed that Islam was one of the few religions to grow during the 2007 to 2014 period. It spiked by half percent. The other comparatively significant rise was of Hinduism- about 0.3 percent. Other categories of religions can be clubbed into a basket filled with Wicca and Baha’i among others. The only significant growth was people who professed to belong to no religion.

There is a direct correlation of Christianity with age. Adherence towards religion was highest among the elderly respondents and lowest among young. Even though a few of the younger people would become religious with the passage of time, a great majority will not. The American population would thus continue to move away from religion. However, for the time being, and for the foreseeable future, the U.S. continues to be a majority Christian nation.

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