Poll shows atheism on the rise in the U.S. Aug 14, 2012 by Kimberly Winston
“The poll, called ‘The Global Index of Religiosity and Atheism,’ found that the number of Americans who say they are ‘religious’ dropped from 73 percent in 2005 (the last time the poll was conducted) to 60 percent.
“At the same time, the number of Americans who say they are atheists rose, from 1 percent to 5 percent.”
Lenard Lopate interviews Kimberly Winston
What one believes, and what one says they believe are often different. Given the negative contingencies that one can often expose themselves to by saying that they are an atheist, my guess is that (if the polling was done with rigorous scientific method) that there are significantly more actual atheists (the percent, over the 5% who are willing to say so, being, if you will, closet atheists).