Monday, March 09, 2009

Survey: Non-Religious Americans on the Rise in Every State

[The Christian Post] 9 Mar 2009--The percentage of people who claim no religion has nearly doubled since 1990. Meanwhile, the percentage of Christians is on the decline, according to a new study on American religious life.

The 2008 American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS), released on Monday, shows that the percentage of Americans claiming no religion, which jumped from 8.2 percent in 1990 to 14.2 in 2001, has now increased to 15 percent.

The findings were based on over 54,000 interviews conducted between February and November of last year. The 2008 survey was a continuation of ARIS surveys in 1990 and 2001, which are part of a landmark series by the Program on Public Values at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.

The survey was conducted by Barry Kosmin and Ariela Keysar, director and associate director, respectively, of Trinity’s Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture.
Additionally, the survey found that the non-religious population, or "Nones," has shifted away from the Pacific Northwest to Northern New England.

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