More Americans leaving Christianity

December 27, 2009

The Gallup Poll has released the results of its annual Religious Identity poll . The most interesting fact: "This year's average of 13% of Americans who claim no religious identity is the highest in Gallup records."

Also of interest is the number of Americans who do say they have a religon, but that religion is not Christian: that percentage has hit 9% of Americans.

This means that only 78% of Americans still identify with Christianity, a new low. The Gallup Poll press release says:

"In 1948, 91% of Americans identified with a Christian faith. Twenty years ago, in 1989, 82% of Americans identified as Christian. Ten years ago, it was 84%. This year, as noted, 78% of all American adults identify with a Christian faith."

Gallup's announcement also describes how the number of Americans who say that religion is not very important to them keeps growing, and how church membership keep declining.