Why Americans are losing their religion

Voice of America News reports: “A decadeslong trend toward secularization, which has come more slowly to America than many other developed countries, appears to be picking up speed in the United States, according to polling and other evidence.

In 1965, a Gallup poll found that 70% of respondents said religion is ‘very important’ in their lives. Today, fewer than half of Americans (45%) say religion is ‘very important.’

‘Younger generations probably weren’t really brought up in a faith tradition, or maybe if they were, they didn’t go to church that often … so I think that’s a big reason,’ Jeff Jones, a senior editor at Gallup, says.

One-fourth of Americans (26%) said they were religiously unaffiliated in 2023, which is up from 21% in 2013, according to the Public Religion Research Institute.

The same study suggests that these religiously unaffiliated folks are not looking to get more religion. Only 9% say they are interested in finding a new religious or spiritual home…”

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