Interfaith Families: Study Say Mothers Are More Influential Than Fathers

One-in-Five Americans are from Interfaith families

The number of Americans who are raised in interfaith households is on the rise according to new research. As of today, around one-in-five Americans say their parents are from different religions. 27 percent of them are Millennials. Only 13 percent of the Silent Generation groups say their parents are from mixed religions.

24 percent of Millennials say they come from homes where one parent is religious and the other is a religious none. 62 percent of the people who come from these household are likely to grow up as religious ‘nones’ as well. The same number, 62%, of people raised by two Catholic members remain Catholic. 79 percent of people who are raised in Protestant households remain Protestant as they grow up. In cases where there is only one Catholic parent, only 50 percent of the children remain Catholic and in the same case for Protestants, the number is 56 percent.

Interesting findings have emerged from Americans who say that they have been raised in multiple religions. Almost 60 percent of the six percent of Americans say they have practiced many faiths at the same time. This was either due to the religious diversity of parents, family members, or because parents kept switching religions. Among people who were raised in many religions, most stick to the faith their mothers have been following. Mothers have been found to play a more important role in the religious lives of Americans than fathers.

Most say their parents shared equally in their religious upbringing, but if one was mainly responsible, it was usually mom
Pew Research Center

Among the respondents who said they come from mixed-religion households, one-in-ten say both parents were religious, although affiliated to different faiths. 12 percent had parents of whom one was religiously affiliated while the other was a religious “none.” Most of these households had one religious parent and one religious “none.”

Being raised in a single religion remains the dominant trend among Americans. Eight-in-ten Americans have been raised in a single religion. This number is inclusive of those who had both parents from the same religion, who make up two-thirds of the total in this category, and 14 percent who have been raised by a single parent.


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