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Americans are losing their religion

#1epictetus1216Posted 3/13/2014 9:03:28 AM
At least according to a recent NBC/WSJ poll.

One in five Americans say religion does not play an important role in their lives, a new NBC/WSJ journal poll shows – the highest percentage since the poll began asking participants about their focus on faith in 1997.

Twenty one percent of respondents said that religion is “not that important” to their lives, compared to 16 percent who said the same in 1999. In 1997, 14 percent of Americans said religion did not play an important role in their lives.

The poll showed that these less religious Americans are more likely to be men, have an income over $75,000, to live in the Northeast or West and to be under the age of 35.

More than half of Americans still place a major emphasis on their faith. Thirteen percent of respondents in the new poll said that religion is the most important aspect of their lives, and 41 percent said it is “very important.”

The new numbers come as one of the world’s most famous faith leaders celebrates an important anniversary. Pope Francis now has a year under his belt at the Vatican, a Person of the Year title and even his own fan magazine. And the new data shows that he’s making American Catholics more committed to their faith.

According to the NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll, six in ten Catholics agreed that the pope has “renewed and strengthened my religious faith and commitment to the Catholic Church.” Three in ten disagreed.

The poll also reinforced the pope’s sky-high popularity in the United States. Fifty-five percent of adults say they have a “somewhat positive” (22 percent) or “very positive” (33 percent) view of the man previously known as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Only seven percent give him a negative rating, with another quarter of respondents saying they’re neutral.

Pope Francis, who has urged a focus on humility and service to the disadvantaged, fares much better in public polling than his predecessor, Benedict the Sixteenth.

In February 2013, the NBC/WSJ poll found that only 30 percent of respondents viewed Pope Benedict positively, while 17 percent said they held a negative view of him. That poll also found that more than a quarter of Americans gave poor ratings to the Catholic Church as a whole.

The new pontiff’s favorability in the United States is comparable to that of Pope John Paul the Second. The famous advocate for human rights, now set for canonization, received a rating of “very positive” from 42 percent of respondents in a January 1998 poll, with an additional 23 percent saying they had a “somewhat positive” view of him.


http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/losing-faith-21-percent-say-religion-not-important-n51256
#2imhungry24-7Posted 3/13/2014 9:17:14 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GymLlltvJOg
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#3epictetus1216(Topic Creator)Posted 3/13/2014 9:34:02 AM
I thought about posting that link myself. Then I thought, nah, too obvious, too easy.
#4DT2501Posted 3/13/2014 9:36:03 AM
epictetus1216 posted...
Pope Francis, who has urged a focus on humility and service to the disadvantaged, fares much better in public polling than his predecessor, Benedict the Sixteenth.

That wouldn't take much. Benedict was more popularly known as "Pope Palpatine."
#5kozlo100Posted 3/13/2014 9:51:09 AM
The article said...
The poll showed that these less religious Americans are more likely to be men, have an income over $75,000, to live in the Northeast or West and to be under the age of 35.


Huh, that's me. Well, almost anyway, I'm a month in to my 35th orbit. I always feel a little strange when I slot right into a demographic like that. I am not a unique snowflake, apparently.

Also good to hear Catholics are having their faith revitalized by Pope Francis. I think people being drawn back by a guy like Francis can only be a good thing for the Church, and for the societies it interacts with.
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#6Polish_CrusaderPosted 3/13/2014 9:58:56 AM
1 in 5...

thats not a significant number.
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#7epictetus1216(Topic Creator)Posted 3/13/2014 10:09:40 AM
Polish_Crusader posted...
1 in 5...

thats not a significant number.


Twenty one percent of respondents said that religion is “not that important” to their lives, compared to 16 percent who said the same in 1999. In 1997, 14 percent of Americans said religion did not play an important role in their lives.

It's a growing trend, especially among those 35 and under and living well in the "red states". Whether this trend will, or has, hit the bible belt it doesn't say.
#8kozlo100Posted 3/13/2014 10:20:42 AM
Eh, lets put some real numbers to it, or at least Fermi estimation type precision.

Call it 300,000,000 people in the US, in '97 there were 42,000,000 in the 'religion isn't important' group, and 48,000,000 of 'em in '99. Now there are 63,000,000 of us.

So that's twenty million more people to whom religion isn't very important than there was before. For comparison, how would you feel about twenty million new Christians? Would that be a noteworthy thing?
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#9Polish_CrusaderPosted 3/13/2014 11:52:06 AM
In several european countries, 97% of the population dont attend church or practice chrsitainity, period. THAT is a significant number.

The USA is noticeably more christian than most developed nations, and God has blessed us for that, for we are also the richest in terms of the individual.

1 out of 5... means nothing at this point
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#10kozlo100Posted 3/13/2014 12:34:52 PM
So then, would twenty million new Christians also mean nothing at this point? Is that not something you would celebrate, or even take note of?
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