Date :Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 | Time : 02:30 |ID: 22233 | Print

Americans becoming less religious, new poll shows

SHAFAQNA- The percentage of Americans who say they believe in God, pray daily, and attend church regularly is declining, a new poll shows.

The survey which was conducted  by the Pew Research Center among more than 35,000 US adults, registered a decline in Christian beliefs between 2007 and 2014.

According to new findings, only 89 percent Americans claimed in 2014 that they believe in God, down from 92 percent in 2007.

Meanwhile, only 63 percent said last year that they are  “absolutely certain” God exists, which shows an eight-percent decline compared to 2007.

The number of those describing themselves “religiously affiliated,” has shrunk 6 points since 2007, from 83 percent to 77 percent.

The results also show that the portion of the American adult population considering religion as “very important,” praying daily, and attending services at least once a month, has become smaller between 3 and 4 percent over the past eight years.

The drop in traditional religious beliefs and practices coincides with changes in the religious composition of the US public. A growing share of Americans are religiously unaffiliated, including some who self-identify as atheists or agnostics as well as many who describe their religion as “nothing in particular.”

By and large, the religiously unaffiliated (also called the “nones”) now account for 23% of the adult population, up from 16% in 2007.

The poll had a margin of error of less than 1 percentage point.

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