Sunday, March 8, 2009

New ARIS report, no religion is #1 contender.

New ARIS report on religion.

So many Americans claim no religion at all (15%, up from 8% in 1990), that this category now outranks every other major U.S. religious group except Catholics and Baptists. In a nation that has long been mostly Christian, "the challenge to Christianity … does not come from other religions but from a rejection of all forms of organized religion," the report concludes

No religion is steadily gaining ground all religions are losing ground to the non-religious. Non-religious has a massive retention rate and good inflow. Religions like the Jehovah Witnesses have pretty consistent inflow rate and outflow rate and thus lose barely break even even with the hard selling. Wicca to her credit actually gains a lot and keeps them pretty well. All in all it seems we're getting progressively less stupid as time goes on. But, I'm sure when the hard times hit people will flock to religions.

Religion# in million 1990 percent 2008 percent Change
Catholic 57.2 26.2% 25.1% -1.1%
Baptist 36.1 19.3% 15.8% -3.5%
No religion 34.2 8.2% 15.0% 6.8%
Christian, generic 32.4 14.8% 14.2% -0.6%
Mainline Protestant 29.4 18.7% 12.9% -5.8%
Don't Know/Refused 11.8 2.3% 5.2% 2.9%
Pentecostal/Charismatic 8.0 3.2% 3.5% 0.3%
Protestant denominations 7.1 2.6% 3.1% 0.5%
Mormon/latter-day Saints 3.2 1.4% 1.4% 0.0%
New movements (such as Wiccan), other religions 2.8 0.8% 1.2% 0.4%
Jewish 2.7 1.8% 1.2% -0.6%
Eastern religions 2.0 0.4% 0.9% 0.5%
Muslim 1.4 0.3% 0.6% 0.3%


Sparrowhawk said...

Just to clarify, the "percent change" column is the change in percent out of the WHOLE population, right? So the number of people answering no religion actually...nearly doubled? Also, I wonder about the people who said "don't know" or "refused".

Tatarize said...

8.2% 15.0% 6.8%, yeah. It went from 8 to 15. That's pretty close. If you notice, Islam actually did double from .3 to .6. Eastern religions more than doubled. And a few others but yeah. The only real ground changing movements were towards no religion, and I don't know/refuse. The latter of which other surveys seem to show is far more likely to be no religion people.

The only positive digit percent movement is away from religion.

Tatarize said...

As for why people would say I don't know, is probably because they don't know. They had a religion but they stopped believing it and have work to do and don't really know or care about the subject.