June 20, 2008

Religiously Unaffiliated

16.1%

The number of people who say they are unaffiliated with any particular faith today (16.1%) is more than double the number who say they were not affiliated with any particular religion as children.

The number of people who say they are unaffiliated with any particular faith today (about 16%) is more than double the number who say they were not affiliated with any particular religion as children. Through the 1980s, surveys consistently found that between 5% and 8% of the public was not affiliated with any particular religion. Although one-quarter of this group consists of those who describe themselves as either atheist or agnostic (1.6% and 2.4% of the adult population overall, respectively), the majority of the unaffiliated population is made up of people who simply describe their religion as “nothing in particular.” Read More