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`Nones' now as big as evangelicals, Catholics in the US

According to newly released General Social Survey data analyzed by Ryan P. Burge of Eastern Illinois University, Americans claiming "no religion" -- sometimes referred to as "nones" because of how they answer the question "what is your religious tradition?" -- now represent about 23.1 percent of the population, up from 21.6 percent in 2016. People claiming evangelicalism, by contrast, now represent 22.5 percent of Americans, a slight dip from 23.9 percent in 2016.

That makes the two groups statistically tied with Catholics (23 percent) as the largest religious -- or nonreligious -- groupings in the country.

however ....

white evangelicals alone made up 26 percent of the electorate in 2016, even as their share of the American population has dipped far below that, according to Public Religion Research Institute.

"Evangelicals punch way above their weight," Burge said. "They turn out a bunch at the ballot box. That's largely a function of the fact that they're white and they're old."

The "white" part is hopelessly and permanently fixed.  The "old" part has a self-correcting limiting time stamp.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 04:29:56 PM EST
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