Saturday, December 24, 2011

Survey: Christians Make Up 95 Percent of U.S. Religious Population

A major polling organization found that Christians make up 95 percent of Americans who subscribe to a religious identity.

In a survey of over 327,000 American adults, Gallup found that 78 percent of Americans consider themselves Christian, while 15 percent did not subscribe to a religious identity. Of those adhering to a religious identity, Americans who considered themselves Christian made up 95 percent of respondents.

“This nation has a very strong Christian heritage,” said the Rev. Dr. C. K. Robertson, canon to the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, to The Christian Post.

“Through the years, as the nation grew, new waves of immigrants and the changing migratory patterns of the citizenry as a whole has resulted in the continued spread of Christianity even as other faiths were transplanted to these shores and began to take root.”

An intriguing find was that 15 percent of respondents did not have a religious identity and yet, according to another Gallup study, only 8 percent of Americans do not believe in God.

“This suggests that the lack of a religious identity is not in and of itself a sign of the total absence of religiosity,” explained Frank Newport of Gallup. To read more, click here.

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