Less People Believe in God, More are Exiting the Church
Only 61% of the religiously unaffiliated say they believe in God, compared to 70% in 2007.
Pew Research Center's 2014 Religious Landscape Study reveals that the percentage of religiously affiliated Americans are holding steady, while those who say they are religiously unaffiliated – the 'nones', after their choice of religious affiliation – are gaining prominence.
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Among those who say they are affiliated to a particular religion or denomination, 97% believe in God. This figure is not different from a similar survey conducted in 2007, and 66% of this demographic pray daily, up from 65% seven years ago. 64% of this category said religion was important to them in 2007, and this jumped two points to 66% in 2014. 63% of them attended services at least once a month in 2007 – this declined ever so slightly to 62% in 2014.
61% of the religiously unaffiliated or the 'nones' said they believed in God. This is down from 70% in 2007, pointing to an increasing disbelief in God among the American population. This was reflected in their general outlook and activities as well – only 20% of them pray daily, a decline of 2% from the percentage who did so in 2007. Only 13% of the 'nones' consider religion to be important, while it was 16% in 2007. The percentage of the 'nones' who attended religious services at least once a month dropped from 10% in 2007 to 9% in 2014.
— Joanna Brenner (@JoannaBrenner) November 3, 2015
The 'nones' have been increasingly drawing further away from God. When asked how important religion was in their life, 65% responded with 'not at all' in 2014. In 2007, 57% had replied in this fashion. Those who think it is very/somewhat important constituted 34%, sadly lesser than the 41% witnessed in 2007. When asked how often they pray, 62% replied never, up from 56% seven years ago. At least once a month? It is now 37%. This figure was 42% in 2007. On the question of how often, they attend religious services, 91% said they did so once a year or less. This is higher than the 89% that was reported in 2007. Those who attended services at least once a month made up 9%, a fall from the 10% seen in 2007.
Those who are religiously unaffiliated now form 28% of all Democrats, the biggest percentage if religious affiliations were to be considered. Up from 19% in 2007, the latest statistics may give the Democratic Party something to consider when choosing its candidate for the U.S. Presidential Elections in 2016. The 'nones' also formed 14% of all Republicans, their influence in the Republican Party rising by four percent from what it was in 2007.