The percentage of Americans who believe in God is declining, as a new Gallup Poll demonstrates. And the demographic breakdown of this growing disbelief is particularly interesting.
According to the study report, the percentage of Americans who said that they believed in God held steady from the 1940s through the 1960s at 98%. That is to say, nearly everybody. In 2011, that number dropped to 92%. Still a lot. Between 2013 and 2017, the percentage dropped but held steady at 87%.
Today, though, according to these latest findings, the percentage is 81%. That is still a big majority, but the drop–and the rate of the drop–is concerning. Put another way, if you pick five random people, one of them is likely to be an atheist.