(TheLastPatriotNews.com) – Almost certainly to the detriment of the country, belief in God, affiliation with Christianity, and attendance of church services have slumped in the United States over the past few years, according to recent public opinion surveys.
While there was already a downward trend in believing in God and attending churches, it has been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, Breitbart News points out in a report.
Church attendance, in particular, declined by about 45% during the pandemic, whose lockdowns and mask mandates caused churches to be closed down for months.
A Gallup poll published this summer found a record-low share of Americans believed in God – 81%. It also established that leftists and young people were the least likely to believe in God.
The figure indicates a very steep decline in the number of Americans believing in God – by ten percentage points in a decade and by 8 points compared with the results of the Gallup survey in 2016.
The same poll registered the previous record low in 2014, when 86% believed in God.
Until 2011, all Gallup surveys registered that more than 90% of Americans believed in God. In the surveys in 1953, 1954, 1965, and 1967, the number was 98%.
According to a report by The Hill, about one-fifth of Americans don’t affiliate with any religion, roughly the same share as those who say they don’t believe in God.
An analysis from December 2021 found 69% of Americans said they were Christian, while 21% expressed no religious preference.
In March 2022, the Survey Center on American Life reported that younger generations were more likely to have no religious affiliation at all.
Thus, 34% – or more than one-third – of the members of Generation Z – said they didn’t identify with any religious group.
Among millennials, the share of those without religion was 29%. That was compared with 25% of Generation X, 18% of Baby Boomers, and 9% of the Silent Generation.
The American Survey Center research observed a “precipitous drop in church membership over the past three decades” among individuals on the political left.
“In 1998, a majority of liberals (57 percent) were members of a church or other type of religious organization,” the report said.
However, it pointed out that the figure declined to only 35% in 2021.
According to the December 2021 survey by Gallup, one-quarter of Americans believed that religion does not play a “not very important” role in their world.
Church attendance and general belief in God has dropped in the U.S. over the past few years, recent surveys suggest. https://t.co/kir84Z7r1v
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) December 22, 2022