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Millennials unaffiliated for 8 8 13 tm

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Millennials unaffiliated for 8 8 13 tm

  1. 1. Religion Trends in the U.S. Greg Smith Director of U.S. Religion Surveys, Religion & Public Life Project Pew Research Center Note: Not for publication, dissemination or quotation without the Pew Research Center’s permission.
  2. 2. 2 Source: Pew Research Center survey, June 28-July 9, 2012. Figures may not add to 100% due to rounding. 12% 16% 71% Agnostic Atheist Composition of the Unaffiliated Nothing in particular
  3. 3. 3Source: Pew Research Center/Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly survey, June 28-July 9, 2012. 27 6 21 66% 24 11 20 22% 0 20 40 60 80 100 Nothing in particular Atheist/Agnosti c Unaffiliated Affiliated Daily Weekly/monthly Frequency of Prayer
  4. 4. 4Source: Pew Research Center survey, June 28-July 9, 2012. 19 2 14 58% 22 14 19 22% 0 20 40 60 80 100 Nothing in particular Atheist/Agnosti c Unaffiliated General public Very Somewhat Importance of Religion
  5. 5. 5Source: Aggregated data from surveys conducted by the Pew Research Center, 2007-2012. 3 2 11 13 38% 49% 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 2007 2012 Seldom/never attend Attend monthly/yearly Attend weekly or more 2008 2009 2010 2011 % Trends in Disaffiliation, by Religious Attendance % of each attendance category that is unaffiliated
  6. 6. 6Source: Pew Research Center/Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly survey, June 28-July 9, 2012. % of “nothings in particular” who are… Nothing in particular % Looking for religion that is right for them 10 Not doing this 88 Don’t know 2 100 Looking for a Religion?
  7. 7. 7 Unaffiliated Affiliated Christian % % % Spiritual energy located in physical things such as mountains, trees and crystals 30 25 23 Yoga, not just as exercise, but as a spiritual practice 28 23 21 Reincarnation, that people will be reborn again and again 25 24 22 Astrology, that the position of stars/planets can affect people’s lives 25 25 23 Evil eye, that certain people can cast curses or spells that cause harm 12 17 16 Source: Pew Research Center survey, August 2009. Q291a-c,e,f. Other responses and those who did not give an answer are not shown. Other Spiritual Beliefs % saying they believe in each of the following
  8. 8. 8Source: Pew Research Center survey, June 28-July 9, 2012. Q22. Those who did not give an answer are not shown. Whites and blacks include only those who are not Hispanic; Hispanics are of any race. Importance of Shared Community 49% 61 61 59 43 40 28 34% 29 27 31 41 43 40 16% 8 11 9 15 16 31 Very important Somewhat important Not too/Not at all important U.S. general public Black Protestant Hispanic Catholic White evangelical White Catholic White mainline Unaffiliated % saying belonging to a community of people who share your values and beliefs is …
  9. 9. Source: General Social Surveys. 9 Daily Prayer % saying they pray daily, by generation 69% 72% 59 68 47 64 42 58 41 43 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 Early '70s Late '70s Early '80s Late '80s Early '90s Late '90s Early '00s Late '00s Early '10s Greatest (born before 1928) Silent (1928-1945) Baby Boomers (1946-1964) Generation X (1965-1980) Millennials (1981-1994)
  10. 10. Source: General Social Surveys. 10 Life-Cycle Effect on Affiliation % unaffiliated with a religion, by generation 3 7 6 10 13 15 20 21 26% 29% 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 Early '70s Late '70s Early '80s Late '80s Early '90s Late '90s Early '00s Late '00s Early '10s Greatest (born before 1928) Silent (1928-1945) Baby Boomers (1946-1964) Generation X (1965-1980) Millennials (1981-1994)
  11. 11. 11 Weekly Monthly/ Yearly Seldom/ Never DK N % % % % U.S. general public 37 33 29 1 = 100 17,010 Affiliated 48 34 18 1 = 100 13,821 Christian 49 33 17 1 = 100 13,086 Protestant 49 33 17 1 = 100 7,316 White evangelical 63 27 10 1 = 100 3,473 White mainline 27 43 30 * = 100 3,035 Black Protestant 56 32 12 1 = 100 1,319 Catholic 41 41 17 1 = 100 3,692 White Catholic 41 41 18 * = 100 2,546 Hispanic Catholic 42 41 16 1 = 100 866 Unaffiliated 5 22 72 1 = 100 2,942 Atheist/Agnostic 3 13 83 1 = 100 908 Nothing in particular 6 26 67 1 = 100 2,034 Source: Aggregated data from surveys conducted by the Pew Research Center, January-July 2012. Whites and blacks include only those who are not Hispanic; Hispanics are of any race. Figures may not add to 100% due to rounding. Frequency of Worship Attendance
  12. 12. Religious Trends in the U.S. Greg Smith Director of U.S. Religion Surveys, Religion & Public Life Project Pew Research Center www.pewresearch.org/religion

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