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Americans With No Religion Now Greatly Outnumber White Evangelicals

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In 2017, 21 percent of American adults identified as 'religious nones', whereas just 13 percent profess evangelicalism.

It’s no secret that the number of Americans claiming no religious affiliation is on the rise – particularly among Millennials – but it turns out that this group has now come to outnumber white evangelicals in a big way.

Years of data from polling by ABC News and The Washington Post reveal that the flock of ‘religious nones’ has grown at about the same rate that the white evangelical flock has declined.

Between 2003 and 2017, the percentage of adult Americans professing “no religion” grew from 12 percent to 21 percent. And at the same time, the portion of the population made up by white evangelicals dropped from 21 percent to 13 percent. Indeed, the white evangelical population dropped even faster than the white non-evangelical population (which shrank from 17 percent to 11 percent), and the two groups are converging in size.

And the Millennials?

In 2003, only 19 percent of adults under 30 professed “no religion.” That percent rose to 35 percent in 2017. That’s compared to only 22 percent who identify with any sort of Protestantism.

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