And then there were ‘nones’: Americans identifying as non-religious plateaus in yearly Gallup survey

There’s been an increase in the variety of Americans identifying as claiming no non secular affiliation — typically referred to as “nones” — however the surge could have hit a pace bump.

During the previous ten years, Gallup has included the choice of identifying as having “no religion” in its annual surveys of religion affiliation. But whereas roughly one in 5 Americans establish with the “nones,” that share has been fixed for a while.

“The percentage of the population who are religious ‘nones’ has remained roughly the same now for six years,” Frank Newport, a senior pollster at Gallup, stated in a blog submit on Friday.

“Over the past six years (2017-2022), the rise of the nones has stabilized,” Mr. Newport wrote. “We are not seeing the yearly increases that occurred in previous decades.”

When Gallup first started surveying non secular affiliation in the Nineteen Fifties, Mr. Newport reported, “there were virtually no ‘nones.’” He stated it’s now extra “culturally acceptable” to establish as having no perception than in the mid-century interval, when faith was seen as an “ascribed characteristic” that stayed with an individual for a lifetime, in contrast to immediately’s extra fluid understanding of spirituality as a person alternative.

“The leveling off of the percentage of Americans who are ‘nones’ suggests that these cultural shifts may have slowed down in recent years — or that the previous suppression of willingness to say one has no religious identity has been reduced to a more stable, lower level,” Mr. Newport stated.

We nonetheless don’t understand how non secular identification will play out in the long run, Mr. Newport stated, noting that as youthful Americans age, they could grow to be extra non secular.

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