Gallup: Americans Say They Believe, More Don’t Go to Church

A Facts & Trends quarterly issue in Spring 2017 noted the alarming slope in church attendance, and the newest Gallup poll fills out a two-decades comparison. (Facts & Trends photo)

Religion News Service — Most Americans still say they believe in God. But their involvement in organized religion continues to wane. A new Gallup report found only half of Americans saying they belong to a church or other religious body, down from 69% two decades ago.

Most of the decline is tied to the rise of the so-called “nones” — those who claim no religious affiliation. Gallup found that the share of Americans who claim a religious identity declined from 90% to 77% in recent decades.

But even those who claim a faith tradition may not belong to a religious congregation or community, according to the report, which compared data from 1998 – 2000 to data from 2016 -2018.

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