Religious Landscape

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U.S.Religious Landscape Survey
Religious Affiliation: Diverse and Dynamic February 2008

About the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
This report was produced by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. The Forum delivers timely, impartial information on issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs. The Forum is a nonpartisan organization and does not take positions on policy debates. Based in Washington, D.C., the Forum is a project of the Pew Research Center, which is funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals: Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life Luis Lugo, Director Sandra Stencel, Deputy Director John Green, Senior Fellow in Religion and American Politics Gregory Smith, Research Fellow Dan Cox and Allison Pond, Research Associates Tracy Miller, Editor Elizabeth Podrebarac and Michelle Ralston, Research Assistants Pew Research Center Andrew Kohut, President Paul Taylor, Executive Vice President Scott Keeter, Director of Survey Research Visit religions.pewforum.org for the online presentation of the findings of the Landscape Survey. Pew Forum Web Publishing and Communications Mark O’Keefe, Oliver Read and Chris Ingraham, Web Publishing Erin O’Connell, Robbie Mills and Liga Plaveniece, Communications The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life 1615 L Street, NW, Suite 700 Washington, D.C. 20036-5610 Phone (202) 419-4550 Fax (202) 419-4559 www.pewforum.org © 2008 Pew Research Center Cover images: Muslim girls reciting prayer, Ed Kashi/Corbis; Pentecostal church services, Robert Nickelsberg/Getty; Apache dance, Corbis; Rabbis convene in Brooklyn, Keith Bedford/Reuters/Corbis; White church, Nik Wheeler/Corbis; Buddha statue, Blaine Harrington III/Corbis; Man praying with flag, Yumiko Kinoshita/Getty

U.S. Religious Landscape Survey
Table of Contents
Introduction ................................................................................................................................. 1 Summary of Key Findings............................................................................................................. 5 Chapter 1: The Religious Composition of the United States ...................................................... 10 Chapter 2: Changes in Americans’ Religious Affiliation .............................................................. 22 Chapter 3: Religious Affiliation and Demographic Groups .......................................................... 36 Appendix 1: Detailed Data Tables ............................................................................................... 72 Appendix 2: Classification of Protestant Denominations.......................................................... 101 Appendix 3: A Brief History of Religion and the U.S. Census................................................... 108 Appendix 4: Survey Methodology .............................................................................................113 Topline .......................................................................................................................................119

Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life / U.S. Religious Landscape Survey

Introduction

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rom the beginning of the Colonial period, religion has been a major factor in shaping the identity and values of the American people. Despite predictions that the United States would follow Europe’s path toward widespread secularization, the U.S. population remains highly religious in its beliefs and practices, and religion continues to play a prominent role in American public life. In recent decades, much high-quality research has been done on the religious makeup of the United States and on the way religion relates to politics and public life. Nevertheless, there are still major gaps in our knowledge of the American religious landscape. For instance, estimates of the size of religious communities in the U.S....
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