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  • Most Americans still say they believe in God, but their involvement in organized religion continues to wane.
  • A new Gallup report found that only half of Americans say they belong to a church or other religious body, down from 69% two decades earlier.
  • Most of the decline is tied to the rise of the so-called “nones” — those who claim no religious affiliation.
  • Gallup found that the share of Americans who claim a religious identity declined from 90% to 77% in recent decades.

But even those who claim a faith tradition may not belong to a religious congregation or community, according to the report, which compared data from 1998-2000 to data from 2016-2018. At the turn of the century, Gallup said, 73% of religious Americans belonged to a house of worship. That’s dropped to 64% today.

 

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