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New study finds jump in number of Americans with no religious affiliation

Catholic World News - March 15, 2013

A new study by Berkeley sociologists has found that the number of Americans who report no religious affiliations is at an all-time high.

The Berkeley researchers reported that 32% of respondents said they were not affiliated with any religious body. Just 20% gave the same answer in a 1990 survey.

The survey found that college graduates were most likely to have no religious ties. The researchers also found a sharp drop in the number of people identifying themselves as Catholics: from 35% to 24%.

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  • Posted by: Defender - Mar. 16, 2013 5:21 PM ET USA

    Catholic schools and CCD programs are doing such a wonderful job!

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