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Unformatted text preview: American Religious Identifcation Survey (ARIS 2008) SUMMARY REPORT March 2009 Barry A. Kosmin and Ariela Keysar The ARIS 2008 survey was carried out during February-November 2008 and collected answers from 54,461 respondents who were questioned in English or Spanish. The American population self-identifies as predominantly Christian but Americans are slowly becoming less Christian. 86%ofAmericanadultsidentiFedas Christiansin1990and76%in2008. TehistoricMainlinechurchesand denominations have experienced the steepest declines while the non- denominational Christian identity has been trending upward particularly since 2001. TechallengetoChristianityin the U.S. does not come from other religions but rather from a rejection of all forms of organized religion. 34%ofAmericanadultsconsidered themselves Born Again or Evangelical Christians in 2008. The U. S. population continues to show signs of becoming less religious, with one out of every five Americans failing to indicate a religious identity in 2008. TeNones(nostatedreligious preference, atheist, or agnostic) continue to grow, though at a much slower pace than in the 1990s, from 8.2%in1990,to14.1%in2001,to 15.0%in2008. AsianAmericansaresubstantially more likely to indicate no religious identity than other racial or ethnic groups. One sign of the lack of attachment of Americanstoreligionisthat27%donot expect a religious funeral at their death. Based on their stated beliefs rather than their religious identification in 2008, 70%ofAmericansbelieveinapersonal God,roughly12%ofAmericansare atheist(noGod)oragnostic(unknowable orunsure),andanother12%aredeistic (ahigherpowerbutnopersonalGod). Americas religious geography has been transformed since 1990. Religious switching along with Hispanic immigration has significantly changed the religious profile of some states and regions. Between 1990 and 2008, the Catholic population proportion of the NewEnglandstatesfellfrom50%to 36%andinNewYorkitfellfrom44% to37%,whileitroseinCaliforniafrom 29%to37%andinexasfrom23% to32%. Overall the 1990-2008 ARIS time series shows that changes in religious self-identification in the first decade of the 21st century have been moderate in comparison to the 1990s, which was a period of significant shifts in the religious composition of the United States. AMERICAN RELIGIOUS IDENTIFICATION SURVEY (ARIS) 2008 Principal Investigators: Barry A. Kosmin and Ariela Keysar Highlights ARIS 2008 Contents Research Design ................................................................................................................2 Part I National Statistics on Belonging, Belief and Behavior A. Belonging ...........................................................................................................3....
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