Pew: 20% of Americans are now atheist, agnostic or unaffiliated with a religion


[O]ne in five Americans now consider themselves atheists, agnostics or “nones.” While some may have dismissed the figure then or questioned its accuracy, a new analysis from the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life confirms a growth in secular world-views — and a decline in religious adherence — among U.S. adults.

This morning, Pew announced its new findings that show a rapid increase in individuals who claim they are unaffiliated with a faith or religious structure. While approximately 20 percent of the nation’s adults fall into this category (19.6 percent, to be exact), the new proportions also show a startling result among America’s young people: One-third of those individuals under the age of 30 are unaffiliated.

via Pew: 20% of Americans Are Now Atheist, Agnostic or Unaffiliated With a Religion |  [Editorial note as of November 2016: There is a problem with accessing articles at The Blaze which I have not been able to debug.  Therefore, I’ve had to disable this link.  Sorry.]

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