The news reports are going to cover a couple major highlights, the big one being the following:
Although a majority of Americans say religion is very important to them, nearly three-quarters of them say they believe that many faiths besides their own can lead to salvation…
The report… reveals a broad trend toward tolerance and an ability among many Americans to hold beliefs that might contradict the doctrines of their professed faiths.
The findings seem to undercut the conventional wisdom that the more religiously committed people are, the more intolerant they are, scholars who reviewed the survey said.
You can read the main findings of the survey (PDF) or just check out a few important stats, as they pertain to atheists, below:
Of those who do not believe in God, where do they live?
Some people are just a bit confused…
Indeed, one-in-five people who identify themselves as atheist (21%) and a majority of those who identify themselves as agnostic (55%) express a belief in God or a universal spirit.
Does religion cause more problems than it solves?
… more than three-quarters of atheists (77%) believe religion
causes more problems than it solves, with nearly half (49%) of atheists completely agreeing with this statement.
What is the political party affiliation for the unaffiliated?
How many children are the unaffiliated having?