New Poll Shows Millennials Are Losing Faith in Religious Institutions

We know Millennials are less likely to be religious than any other generation. But a new report from the Pew Research Center shows that their faith in religious institutions has dropped significantly over the past five years.

In 2010, 73% of Millennials said churches and religious organizations had a “positive effect on the way things are going in this country.” At the time, it was the highest percentage among all the generations polled.

That number has fallen to 55% today, the lowest of all generations:

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Surprising Analysis Shows the South Prefers Saying “Happy Holidays” Over “Merry Christmas”

If there’s one part of the country where you’d think people prefer saying “Merry Christmas” over “Happy Holidays,” I’m sure most people would say the South. But an analysis of data by Andrew R. Lewis and Paul A. Djupe at Five Thirty Eight shows the opposite:



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Merry Christmas! American Christianity is on the Decline as “Nones” Steadily Grow

A new Gallup poll released today shows that, while Christians are still in the majority, their numbers are continuing to fall as more of them drift over to the Nones:



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Even in the South, Churches Don’t Have as Much Power As They Used To

Despite the amped up rhetoric from the Religious Right, religious belief is on the downswing in this country. Jay Reeves of the Associated Press recently took a look at the impact of that trend in the South, and his points are encouraging:



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New Study Shows People Vastly Overestimate the Percent of Non-Religious People in Their Countries

What percentage of people in your country have no religious affiliation?

In the United States, it’s approximately 16%.

And yet, when people were asked what they thought the percentage was for a new survey by Ipsos Mori, they guessed an astonishingly high 40%.

A huge overestimate. And it wasn’t just the U.S. either. In country after country, citizens assumed the percentage of religiously unaffiliated people in their nation was much higher than it actually was.



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