A Pew survey released today finds that the number of people who identify themselves as religiously unaffiliated is now 20%, the highest it has ever been and a sharp rise from 15% just five years earlier.
Of course, this does not mean they are atheists or agnostics, whose numbers have shown a more modest rise from 3.7% in 2007 to 5.9% now. Most of the ‘nones’ say they are ‘spiritual’ in some way but interestingly about 88% of them say they are not looking for a church to join.
As usual, the young are leading the way, with 32% of those in the 18-29 age group saying they are unaffiliated.
Across the board, in almost all categories, the survey shows a steady decline in religious affiliation and participation in religious activities.