religion_check_boxOver at Uncommon Descent, vjtorley reports on a recent survey of 996 adults conducted between October 17-18, 2013 regarding American religious beliefs.  Some of the more notable findings include:

  • 3 out of 4 adults believe in God: 76% believe in God, 14% don’t believe in God, and 10% are not sure.
  • Young adults aged 18-29 are the least likely to believe in God.  Only 63% believe in God.  A full 25% don’t believe in God, and 12% are not sure, for a total of 37% God doubters/deniers.  That’s 2 out of 5!  Compare this to other age groups:
    • 30-44 = 14% atheist
    • 45-64 = 9% atheist
    • 65+ = 6% atheist

Atheism increases 50% or more from generation to generation.  If this trend continues, the next generation of young adults may contain more God doubters/deniers than believers.

  • The typical atheist profile is a white male Democrat postgraduate living in the Northeast.
    • White people are 150% more likely to be an atheist than black people (15% vs. 6%), and 50% more likely than Hispanics (15% vs. 10%).
    • Males are more likely to be atheist than females (15% vs. 9%).
    • More atheists live in the Northeast than the South (18% vs. 10%).
    • Postgraduates are 60% more likely to be atheist than high school drop-outs (18% vs. 11%).
    • Democrats are 60% more likely to be atheist than Republicans (16% vs. 10%).
  • Some people are just confused
    • 1% of self-identified Protestants are atheists
    • 4% of self-identified Catholics are atheists
    • 7% who identify as “other Christians” are atheists
    • Among Protestants, 1% identify as atheists.
    • 22% of Jews are atheists (only 57% believe in God)
    • 8% of atheists and agnostics believe in God.
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