Nearly three-in-ten adults in America report having no religious affiliation

According to a recent Pew report by the DC-based think tank, about three-in-ten American adults, or 30 percent of the sample surveyed, reported having no religious affiliation.

In the Pew report, the authors purported that 63 percent of the survey respondents identified with a Christian faith, while six percent reported having a faith other than Christianity.

Chart showing that in U.S., roughly three-in-ten adults now religiously unaffiliated

“The latest Pew Research Center survey of the religious composition of the United States finds the religiously unaffiliated share of the public is 6 percentage points higher than it was five years ago and 10 points higher than a decade ago,” the report reads.

“Christians continue to make up a majority of the U.S. populace, but their share of the adult population is 12 points lower in 2021 than it was in 2011,” it also states. “In addition, the share of U.S. adults who say they pray on a daily basis has been trending downward, as has the share who say religion is very important in their lives.”

The Pew report also showed that fewer than half of American adults surveyed prayed on a daily basis. The data stretched as far back as 2007.

“Today, fewer than half of U.S. adults (45%) say they pray on a daily basis. By contrast, nearly six-in-ten (58%) reported praying daily in the 2007 Religious Landscape Study, as did 55% in the 2014 Landscape Study,” according to the data.

“Roughly one-third of U.S. adults (32%) now say they seldom or never pray, up from 18% who said this in 2007.”