New research suggests that more Americans are choosing not to affiliate with any religious group.
In a tracking poll conducted by the Pew Research Center, 19 percent of Americans did not classify themselves as a part of a religious sect. Previously, Barry Kosmin found that 6 percent of poll respondents identified themselves as religiously unaffiliated in 1990.
“Young people are resistant to the authority of institutional religion, older people are turned off by the politicization of religion, and people are simply less into theology than ever before,” Kosmin said.
Mark Chaves, a professor of sociology at Duke said that young and higher educated people are likely to reject a traditional religious affiliation. On the other hand, Chaves found that many immigrants continue to associate and maintain the religious affiliation from their origin country.
“Only 10 percent of U.S. residents say they do not believe in God, but that is up from one percent a few decades ago,” Chaves said.