Results for - Poll: Fewer Than Half of American Adults Now Belong to a House of Worship

2,824 voters participated in this survey

For the first time in over 80 years of surveys on the subject, new Gallup data analysis released March 29 found that just 47% of American adults said they belonged to a church, synagogue or mosque in 2020—the first time that fewer than half of respondents reported membership at such houses of worship.

Between 1998 and 2000, an average of 8% of Americans say they did not identify with any religion, per the company's biannual surveys of U.S. religious attitudes and practices, according to a three-year aggregate of Gallup's survey data. Just twenty years later, between 2018 and 2020, that figure had risen to 21%. Do you identify with a religion?

1. Between 1998 and 2000, an average of 8% of Americans say they did not identify with any religion, per the company's biannual surveys of U.S. religious attitudes and practices, according to a three-year aggregate of Gallup's survey data. Just twenty years later, between 2018 and 2020, that figure had risen to 21%. Do you identify with a religion?

Yes
49%
1,362 votes
Not fully, but I believe in something/ partake in some rituals
15%
427 votes
Undecided
6%
154 votes
No
30%
835 votes
Other (please specify)
1%
22 votes

2. Do you belong to a house of worship?

Yes, for religious reasons
25%
708 votes
Yes, but for community reasons
3%
86 votes
Yes, for both religious and community reasons
9%
258 votes
No
62%
1,748 votes

3. Jennifer Herdt, a professor of Christian ethics at Yale Divinity School, adds that she's heard stories of the pandemic bringing some people back towards worship, either because of the ease of a virtual service or the need for a support system and a sense of community. Have you or anyone you known turned more towards worship than usual due to the pandemic?

Yes
17%
465 votes
No
68%
1,912 votes
Not Applicable
15%
423 votes

4. Do you believe in the separation between state and church?

Yes
61%
1,699 votes
No
16%
447 votes
Undecided
23%
654 votes
04/02/2021 Living 2824 96 By: Tellwut

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