One in Five Americans Reject Religion—2012 General Social Survey

Percent with No Religious Identification: 1972-2012

Percent with No Religious Identification: 1972-2012

With the release of our only remaining scientific survey of the US adult population, the General Social Survey, we can now see how far off Pew, Gallup, and others are in their estimates of the proportion of Americans who reject religious identification. As you can see, rejection of religion has grown in the United States, and GSS estimates show it now at 19.6%—up from 17.8% in 2010. Importantly, even more Americans reject gods—20.4% identify either as Atheist, Agnostic, or believing in a “higher power BUT NOT A GOD.” More coming…..

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