It has been established that the number of people in the US who self-identify as unaffiliated with any religion is steadily on the rise, now reaching about 20%. One would expect that those who are religious would see it as a bad thing, while the non-religious would see this as a good thing, resulting in an 80-20% split as to whether this trend was bad or good.
But a new survey has somewhat surprising results. They find that only 48% say it is a bad thing, while 11% say it is a good thing, with 39% saying it does not matter. The disaggregated results are also interesting. Among both the religious and the unaffiliated, the number of people who say it doesn’t matter is pretty sizable, varying from 30% to 50%.
One result that is not surprising is that you are more likely to think it is a bad thing if you are older, a white evangelical, or attend services regularly.
So what we have is a significant number who say ‘meh’ to this trend. What is suggests to me is that whether one is religious or not, a significant number think that religion is not such a significant factor and to me that seems like a good thing, because the less seriously we take religion, the better.