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.