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Number of Christians in U.S. has declined sharply, report says

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Posted at 12:55 PM, May 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-12 13:11:36-04

More adults are not identifying with any organized religion while the number of Christians in the U.S. has declined sharply, according to a Religious Landscape Study from the Pew Research Center.

The number of people age 18 and older surveyed who identified themselves as Christians has dropped eight percentage points in the last seven years — from 78.4 percent in 2007 to 70.6 percent in 2014.

Pew surveyed more than 35,000 Americans.

"While the drop in Christian affiliation is particularly pronounced among young adults, it is occurring among Americans of all ages," Pew's report states. "The same trends are seen among whites, blacks and Latinos; among both college graduates and adults with only a high school education; and among women as well as men."

Of the religious groups in America, 70 percent are Christian. Just less than 6 percent are non-Christian faiths, the report says.

"... The United States remains home to more Christians than any other country in the world, and a large majority of Americans — roughly seven-in-ten — continue to identify with some branch of the Christian faith."