(FamilyConservationPAC.com) – According to a recent Gallup poll, the number of Democrats identifying as religious has decreased by more than 20 points between 1999 and 2023.
Sixty percent of Democrats and sixty-two percent of Republicans identified as religious when Gallup conducted its initial poll in 1999. Since then, the proportion of Democrats identifying as religious has decreased by 23 points to 37%.
“During that time, the percentage of Democrats identifying as spiritual but not religious has increased 14 points, while the percentage saying they are neither has tripled,” the survey found.
Gallup Poll: The percentage of Democrats who identify as religious has dropped 23 points in two decades, while religious identification among Republicans and independents has stayed roughly the same.
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Meanwhile, independents have only seen a slight shift, and “there has been no meaningful change in Republicans’ self-identification as religious or spiritual.”
The percentage of Republicans who identify as religious has increased to 61% from 62% in 1999, but the percentage who claim they are spiritual has decreased to 28% from 25% in the same period in 1999.
According to the survey, independents are now more likely to identify as neither religious nor spiritual (from 13 percent to 21 percent).
They are slightly less likely to describe themselves as spiritual (from 37 percent to 32 percent).
Overall, 33% of Americans say they are spiritual but not religious, 2% claim they are both, and 47% identify as religious.
Notably, 18% of respondents claim to be neither, twice as many as Gallup recorded in 1999 when the question was initially posed.
“Over the same period, the percentage identifying as religious has declined by seven percentage points,” according to the survey report.
“The decline in Americans identifying as religious is consistent with the trends for other Gallup measures of religiosity and religious practice, particularly in the past two decades.
However, Gallup has documented steeper declines in formal religious practice (church attendance and church membership) than in belief in God and prayer,” the report states.
In fact, according to a June 2022 Gallup poll, young individuals and those on the left have seen the worst declines in religious belief in recent years.
“These groups show drops of ten or more percentage points comparing the 2022 figures to an average of the 2013-2017 polls,” that survey found. “Most other key subgroups have experienced at least a modest decline, although conservatives and married adults have had essentially no change.”
“The groups with the largest declines are also the groups that are currently least likely to believe in God, including liberals (62 percent), young adults (68 percent) and Democrats (72 percent). Belief in God is highest among political conservatives (94 percent) and Republicans (92 percent), reflecting that religiosity is a major determinant of political divisions in the U.S.,” the survey report continues.
Similarly, a Wall Street Journal survey conducted in March revealed that only 39% of participants said religion is “very important” to them, despite 49% of respondents saying they “know God really exists, and I have no doubts about it.”
Breitbart News reported that religion has lost its importance in the United States, with only 48% of Americans considering it “very important” in 2019, down from 62% in 1998.
This year, the percentage dropped even further, marking a new low:
“Younger respondents are less likely to rank religion as very important to them than seniors, 31 percent to 55 percent. Republicans (53 percent) are also more likely than Democrats (27 percent) and independents (38 percent) to say that religion is “very important.”
Gallup surveyed 1,015 adult Americans from July 3–27. At a 95% confidence level, the sampling error margin is ± four percentage points.
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