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Majority in U.S. Still Say Religion Can Answer Most Problems

A slim majority of Americans, 55%, still believe religion can answer all or most problems, near the lowest point since 1957.

Five Key Findings on Religion in the U.S.

A review of key religious indicators in 2016 shows the U.S. remains a largely religious nation, but an increasing percentage of Americans say they have no formal religious identification.

More U.S. Protestants Have No Specific Denominational Identity

The percentage of Americans who identify with a specific Protestant denomination has dropped from 50% in 2000 to 30% in 2016.

Moral Acceptance of Polygamy at Record High -- But Why?

Why is polygamy, which remains illegal in all 50 states, becoming permissible to an increasing percentage of the country?

Percentage of Christians in U.S. Drifting Down, but Still High

Three-quarters of Americans identify with a Christian religion, down from 80% eight years ago and from the mid-90s in the 1950s. About 5% in the U.S. identify with a non-Christian religion; 20% have no formal religious identification.

Religiosity Playing an Expected Role in Views of Trump

Highly religious Americans give Donald Trump higher job approval ratings than those who are not religious -- an expected pattern, given the relationship between religiosity and partisanship in politics today.

U.S. Satisfaction With Religion Settling at Lower Levels

A slight majority of Americans, 53%, are satisfied with the influence of organized religion in the U.S. This has changed little over the past three years, but is down from higher levels of satisfaction measured in 2001 to 2004.

Confidence in Religion at New Low, but Not Among Catholics

Americans' confidence in organized religion has dropped dramatically over the past four decades, hitting an all-time low this year of 42%. While Protestants' confidence in the church is also at a new low, Catholics' has stabilized.

New Hampshire Now Least Religious State in U.S.

New Hampshire is the least religious state in the U.S., edging out Vermont in Gallup's 2015 state-by-state analysis. Mississippi has extended its eight-year streak as the most religious state, followed by neighboring Alabama.

God Is Alive and Well

In God Is Alive and Well, Frank Newport provides a new evidence-based perspective on Americans' religious beliefs and practices, while offering heady, controversial predictions about religion's future in the U.S.
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