U.S. religious landscape in dynamic flux

Protestants losing majority status
A massive new study of the American religious landscape shows that Protestants are losing their majority share of the nation’s population and that the country’s broad religious diversity is accompanied by great shifts in religious affiliation.

The first study in recent years to combine a huge sample size with in-depth questions on Americans’ religious affiliations showed that 28 percent of adults have left the faith of their childhood for another religious tradition or no religion at all. When those who have moved from one Protestant denomination to another are included, the figure leaps to 44 percent of adults.

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life released on February 25 the first set of results from a survey of 35,000 respondents taken between May and August last year.


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