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A large majority of Americans says it believes in God or a higher power, but those in the millennial generation are far less likely to say they believe in God as described in the Bible than are older respondents.
Those numbers are sure to get worse for believers as the Donald Trump era continues.
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Researchers say atheism is growing, but prejudice against the faithless remains common.
Americans have less faith in organized religion than they did nearly a decade ago, a new study shows.
A staggering 21 percent of those surveyed said they don’t practice a “formal religion” — up from the 15 percent who said that in 2008, according to Gallup
“Religion is losing influence in society,” according to Gallup, which did not offer a reason for the decline. “This may be a short-term phenomenon or an indication of a more lasting pattern.”
Overall, 74 percent of Americans identified as Christian and 2.1 percent said they were Jewish; 1.8 percent said they were Mormon and .8 identified as Muslim, according to the pollsters.
Everyone else either claimed to be “none/ atheist / agnostic” or gave no response at all, researchers said.
The number of true believers has dropped dramatically since the 1940s and 1950s, when less than 3 percent said they practiced no formal religion.