Americans Have No Clue What Percent of Democrats Are Atheist or Agnostic

Given all the talk about religion and politics on this site, here’s a fair question: What percent of Republicans are evangelical Christians?

The correct answer is about 34.3%, but odds are you said something much higher.

According to a new study by Douglas J. Ahler (of UC Berkeley) and Gaurav Sood, pretty much everyone is wrong about everything when it comes to estimating how large certain demographics are within political parties.

And that includes when Republicans guess what percent of Democrats are atheist or Agnostic.

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New Survey Finds Majority of People in Scotland Have No Religious Affiliation

Congratulation, Scotland! You’re the latest country in which the majority of people have no religious faith! Furthermore, two thirds of the people who were raised with religion no longer attend religious services.

What a lovely Scottish church... What a lovely, probably empty Scottish church.


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What Can We Learn from the Rise of the “Nones”?

The public radio show On Point spent an hour discussing the rise of the “Nones” — people with no religious affiliation — and what that means for the U.S.

Phil Zuckerman, professor of sociology at Pitzer College, is one of the guests.

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For the First Time, There Are More Atheists in Norway Than Believers

Congratulations, Norway!

The percentage of Norwegians who say they don’t believe in God has, for the first time, surpassed those who do. It’s 39% atheist, 37% believer, and 23% who don’t know, according to a survey of 4,000 people by the annual social-cultural study Norwegian Monitor:

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New Survey Finds the Religiously Unaffiliated Have a Wider Gender Gap Than Any Faith Group

One of the problems with surveys about religion is that atheists tend to be lumped in with a lot of other people who believe in God but have no religious affiliation. We’re all the “Nones.” We’re all unaffiliated. That might be a helpful designation in certain contexts, but there are so many differences between atheists and believers within that category that combining our numbers means overlooking a lot of interesting data.

A new report by the Pew Research Center dealing with religion and gender actually teased out some data for atheists. You won’t be surprised to hear this, but at least in the U.S., there’s more than a 2:1 margin of male to female atheists:

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