SURVEY: WHITE CHRISTIANS ARE NOW A MINORITY OF US POPULATION
THE HANGMANN REPORT – Peter Chowka
“White Christians now make up significantly less than one-half – only 43% – of the U.S. population. Four decades ago, they represented 81% of the country’s residents. These statistics pointing to the weakening of Christianity in American life are among the many contained in a new report released September 6 by PRRI – the Public Religion Research Institute, a polling organization in Washington, D.C. that describes itself as non-profit, independent, and non-partisan.
The 48-page report, America’s Changing Religious Identity, is based on “findings from PRRI’s 2016 American Values Atlas, the single largest survey of American religious and denominational identity ever conducted.” The first sentence of the report’s executive summary highlights the findings: “The American religious landscape is undergoing a dramatic transformation.”
Among the report’s main conclusions: