Study: Americans are getting less religious

Study: Americans Are Getting Less Religious

American observance of religion is on the wane, according to a new study from University College London and Duke University.

Publishing in the American Journal of Sociology, the researchers note that the number of Americans who believe in God, attend church regularly, and identify with a particular religious sect are all in slow, but steady decline.

Such changes appear to be generational.

According to a summary of the findings, "...68% Americans aged 65 and over said they had no doubt God existed compared to 45% of young adults, aged 18-30. 41% of people 70 and older said they attend church services at least once a month, compared to 18% of people 60 and below."

The study relies upon data from the General Social Survey, a questionnaire carried out every two years. And the decline in religiosity is on par with drops in other western nations.

Duke Professor Mark Chaves, noted, "The U.S. decline has been so gradual that until recently scientists haven't had enough data to be sure the trend was real. The US has long been considered an exception to the modern claim that religion is declining, but if you look at the trajectory, and the generational dynamic that is producing the trajectory, we may not be an exception after all."

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