In America, more and more people are stating they have no religious preference and the country is slowly on its way to becoming a secular nation.
According to a recent study conducted by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and Duke University, 20 percent of Americans now claim to have no religious preference.
This number has slowly been rising from eight percent in 1990 to 14 percent in 2000.
A 2010 Pew Research Center study showed that the younger generations in America, specifically those under the age of 30, are rejecting organized religion at a higher rate than previously known.
32 percent of 18 to 24 year olds identified themselves as being unaffiliated.
As of now, ethnic minorities are still more likely to be religious, but this may change over time. Historically, similar groups have become less so inclined as they integrated into American culture.
This shift in religious tendencies may change American politics, because Republicans have long relied on conservative values intrinsically linked to a Christian religion.
While it appears that the United States is on its way to becoming a secular nation, it’ll be a slow change.
Only three percent Americans claim to not believe in God, and according to a Gallup poll, 75 percent believe the country would be better off if more people followed a religion.
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