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THE CHANGING RELIGIOUS LANDSCAPE 
A Fresh Look at Inter-religious America 
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Religion 
Research 
Institute 
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AMERICA THE DIVERSE 
The Current Religious Landscape 
A Fresh Look at Interreligious America 2
The Current Religious Landscape 
The American Religious Landscape 2013 
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America the Diverse: 
Race and Religion by Generation 
A Fresh Look at Interreligious America 4
Religious Switching 
Childhood 
Affiliation 
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Affiliation 
Net 
Gain/Loss 
Catholic 31.4 22.0 -9.4 
White Mainline...
Unaffiliated, NOT Non-religious: 
The Three Tribes of the Unaffiliated 
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Secular 
Atheist/Agnostic 
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Religious Beliefs of Unaffiliated 
God is a person God is an impersonal force 
I do not believe in God Other/Don't know/Re...
RACE AND RELIGION: 
TWIN ENGINES OF CHANGE 
Trends Reshaping the American Cultural Landscape 
A Fresh Look at Interreligio...
2050: Changes in Racial & Ethnic Identity 
Source: Passel, Jeffrey and D’Vera Cohn, 2008. “U.S. Population Projections 200...
2050: Changes in Religious Affiliation 
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Religious Affiation in the U.S. 1972-2050 
Protestant Catholic Unaffiliated 
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The Decline of White Protestants: 
33% Decline Since 1991 
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54 55 55 55 53 55 
White Protestant Black Prote...
The Decline of White Catholics 
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Ethnic and Racial Composition of U.S. Catholics (2010-2014) 
White Catholic Hisp...
INTERRELIGIOUS METRICS 
Individuals 
Families 
Core Social Networks 
A Fresh Look at Interreligious America 13
Multi-Religious People and 
Interreligious Families 
Do you follow the teachings or 
practices of more than one 
religion?...
Interreligious Interaction: 
Core Social Networks 
Religious Composition of Core Social Networks by Religious Affiliation ...
VIEWS OF RELIGIOUS GROUPS IN THE U.S. 
A Fresh Look at Interreligious America 16
Perceptions of Changes to American 
Culture Since 1950s 
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Perceptions of How Groups are Changing 
American Culture 
Question wording: Would 
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Views of Religious Groups in the U.S. 
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Average Feeling Score (1-100) 
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Views of Religious Groups in the U.S. 
Percent with Warm vs. Cool Feelings Toward Religious Group 
Very Cool (1-25) Cool (...
Views of Muslims by Religious Affiliation 
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Average Feeling Towards Muslims (1-100) 
52 52 
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The Impact of Media Sources 
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Attitudes Toward American Muslims by Trusted Media Source 
General Public Public Televisi...
THE ROAD AHEAD 
A Fresh Look at Interreligious America 23
The American Values Atlas: 
A New Interactive Mapping Tool 
A Fresh Look at Interreligious America 24
The Changing Religious Landscape 
A Fresh Look at Inter-religious America 
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A fresh look at Inter-religious America, based on the latest polling from Public Religion Research Institute.

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The Changing Religious Landscape: A Fresh Look at Inter-religious America

  1. 1. THE CHANGING RELIGIOUS LANDSCAPE A Fresh Look at Inter-religious America Public Religion Research Institute Public Religion Research Institute Dr. Robert P. Jones, CEO Daniel Cox, Director of Research Juhem Navarro-Rivera, Research Associate
  2. 2. AMERICA THE DIVERSE The Current Religious Landscape A Fresh Look at Interreligious America 2
  3. 3. The Current Religious Landscape The American Religious Landscape 2013 18 14 12 8 2 3 3 21 8 1 1 2 2 1 1 3 White evangelical Prot. White mainline Prot. White Catholic Mormon Black Protestant Other non-white Protestant Hispanic Protestant Hispanic Catholic Other non-white Catholic Jehovah's Witness Jewish Muslim Buddhist Other world religion Unaffiliated DK/Refused Source: PRRI/SSRS American Values Atlas, 2013 A Fresh Look at Interreligious America 3
  4. 4. America the Diverse: Race and Religion by Generation A Fresh Look at Interreligious America 4
  5. 5. Religious Switching Childhood Affiliation Current Affiliation Net Gain/Loss Catholic 31.4 22.0 -9.4 White Mainline 18.7 14.9 -3.8 Protestant Black Protestant 9.4 8.5 -0.9 White Evangelical 20.3 19.9 -0.4 Protestant Other Christian 9.5 10.4 0.9 Non-Christian 3.7 5.7 2 Religious Unaffiliated 7 18.6 11.6 A Fresh Look at Interreligious America 5
  6. 6. Unaffiliated, NOT Non-religious: The Three Tribes of the Unaffiliated 39 36 23 1 Secular Atheist/Agnostic Unattached Believers Uncategorized A Fresh Look at Interreligious America 6
  7. 7. Religious Beliefs of Unaffiliated God is a person God is an impersonal force I do not believe in God Other/Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 6 30 56 69 30 42 24 26 8 4 5 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Atheist/ Agnostic Secular Unattached Believers Source: PRRI American Values Survey, October 2012 A Fresh Look at Interreligious America 7
  8. 8. RACE AND RELIGION: TWIN ENGINES OF CHANGE Trends Reshaping the American Cultural Landscape A Fresh Look at Interreligious America 8
  9. 9. 2050: Changes in Racial & Ethnic Identity Source: Passel, Jeffrey and D’Vera Cohn, 2008. “U.S. Population Projections 2005-2050.” Washington D.C: Pew Hispanic Center, Feb. Census Bureau 2011 population estimates. A Fresh Look at Interreligious America 9
  10. 10. 2050: Changes in Religious Affiliation 63 Religious Affiation in the U.S. 1972-2050 Protestant Catholic Unaffiliated Linear (Protestant) Linear (Catholic) Linear (Unaffiliated) 48 27 20 6 20 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 1972 1979 1986 1993 2000 2007 2014 2021 2028 2035 2042 2049 Source: General Social Survey 1974-2008; Public Religion Research Institute Surveys, 2010, 2012, 2014 A Fresh Look at Interreligious America 10
  11. 11. The Decline of White Protestants: 33% Decline Since 1991 10 9 7 10 9 9 54 55 55 55 53 55 White Protestant Black Protestant Hispanic Protestant 9 9 9 Ethnic Changes among Protestants (1974-2014) 10 10 51 51 53 50 49 1 2 8 9 8 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 2 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 3 3 3 3 3 3 8 8 8 3 9 4 9 4 5 5 8 8 9 8 8 8 52 52 52 49 50 50 49 47 46 44 42 42 44 43 42 41 41 39 38 36 36 35 35 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1980 1983 1984 1985 1986 1988 1989 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Source: General Social Survey 1974-2012; PRRI Surveys 2013, 2014 A Fresh Look at Interreligious America 11
  12. 12. The Decline of White Catholics 2.2 5.7 Ethnic and Racial Composition of U.S. Catholics (2010-2014) White Catholic Hispanic Catholic Other non-white Catholic 2.1 5.6 1.5 6.4 14.1 13 13.9 1.9 6.8 2.4 6 12.4 11.7 25 20 15 10 5 0 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Public Religion Research Institute Surveys (2010-2014) A Fresh Look at Interreligious America 12
  13. 13. INTERRELIGIOUS METRICS Individuals Families Core Social Networks A Fresh Look at Interreligious America 13
  14. 14. Multi-Religious People and Interreligious Families Do you follow the teachings or practices of more than one religion? Yes No Don't know/Refused 16 84 Source: Public Religion Research Institute, American Values Survey, October 2013 Is your current spouse's religious background different from your own? Yes No Don't know/Refused 24 75 Source: Public Religion Research Institute, American Values Survey, October 2013 A Fresh Look at Interreligious America 14
  15. 15. Interreligious Interaction: Core Social Networks Religious Composition of Core Social Networks by Religious Affiliation Protestant Catholic Non-Christian Religion Unaffiliated Other/DK/Refused 6 24 20 11 68 14 72 9 13 50 6 10 7 6 44 12 0 20 40 60 80 100 Protestant Catholic Non-Christian Religion Unaffiliated Source: Public Religion Research Institute, American Values Survey, October 2013 A Fresh Look at Interreligious America 15
  16. 16. VIEWS OF RELIGIOUS GROUPS IN THE U.S. A Fresh Look at Interreligious America 16
  17. 17. Perceptions of Changes to American Culture Since 1950s 23 21 20 29 41 40 39 38 35 34 34 51 51 59 58 57 56 55 65 65 26 29 34 38 37 39 39 42 43 53 54 55 61 62 54 61 66 73 75 76 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Asian* Jewish Atheist/Agnostic Black Protestant Hispanic Catholic Black Democrat Millennials Hispanic Men All Americans Women Mormon* White White Catholic White Mainline Seniors Republican White Evangelical Tea Party Since the 1950s, American culture and way of life has… Changed for the better Changed for the worse *Results should be interpreted with caution due to small number of cases. Asian N=94. Mormon N=97. A Fresh Look at Interreligious America 17
  18. 18. Perceptions of How Groups are Changing American Culture Question wording: Would you say the following groups are changing American culture and way of life for the better, changing it for the worse, or are they not having any real impact on American culture and way of life? Perceptions of How Groups are Changing American Culture and Way of Life Changing for the worse No impact Changing for the better 9 39 31 27 29 30 28 20 43 44 30 26 35 42 48 46 24 38 39 40 18 10 16 24 Atheists Non-religious people Muslims Gay and lesbian people Tea Party Immigrants Hispanics Asians A Fresh Look at Interreligious America 18
  19. 19. Views of Religious Groups in the U.S. 75 68 Average Feeling Score (1-100) 65 57 56 43 42 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 Christians Jews Catholics Evangelical Christians Non-religious people Atheists Muslims Source: Public Religion Research Institute, American Values Survey, October 2013 A Fresh Look at Interreligious America 19
  20. 20. Views of Religious Groups in the U.S. Percent with Warm vs. Cool Feelings Toward Religious Group Very Cool (1-25) Cool (26-49) Neutral (50) Warm (51-75) Very Warm (76-100) DK/Refused 4 4 4 9 13 23 27 6 5 10 11 11 13 15 8 11 10 9 15 10 10 20 23 25 20 18 15 17 46 10 21 27 19 30 14 22 24 25 28 23 26 17 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Atheists Muslims Evangelical Christians Non-religious people Catholics Jews Christians Source: Public Religion Research Institute, American Values Survey, October 2013 A Fresh Look at Interreligious America 20
  21. 21. Views of Muslims by Religious Affiliation 42 Average Feeling Towards Muslims (1-100) 52 52 50 40 39 31 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 All Americans Non-Christian, Religious Unaffiliated Black Protestant Catholic White Mainline Protestant White Evangelical Protestant Source: Public Religion Research Institute, American Values Survey, October 2013 A Fresh Look at Interreligious America 21
  22. 22. The Impact of Media Sources 30 Attitudes Toward American Muslims by Trusted Media Source General Public Public Television MSNBC CNN Broadcast News Fox News 43 47 23 29 37 29 36 39 20 41 37 28 35 45 52 60 68 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 Muslims want to establish Shari'a law American Muslims NOT important part of U.S. religious community Values of Islam at odds with American values Source: Public Religion Research Institute, Pluralism, Immigration, Civic Integration Survey, August 2011 (N=2,450) A Fresh Look at Interreligious America 22
  23. 23. THE ROAD AHEAD A Fresh Look at Interreligious America 23
  24. 24. The American Values Atlas: A New Interactive Mapping Tool A Fresh Look at Interreligious America 24
  25. 25. The Changing Religious Landscape A Fresh Look at Inter-religious America Follow us Online: www.facebook.com/publicreligion www.twitter.com/publicreligion www.publicreligion.org Dr. Robert P. Jones, CEO Daniel Cox, Director of Research Public Religion Research Institute

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