Americans are abandoning religion in droves – continuing a trend that has persisted over decades.
Between 2007 and 2014 the number of Americans who didn’t identify with any religion jumped from 36.6 million to 55.8 million – according to Pew Research Center.
New data from a Pew survey of 1,300 non-religious people published Wednesday provides deeper insight into what is driving this phenomenon – as told by the non-religious themselves.
When asked why they don’t identify with any religion a majority of respondents — 60 percent — said that they question a lot of religious teachings (respondents were allowed to give multiple answers).
Forty-nine percent said they opposed the positions taken by churches on social and political issues – which should be unsurprising given that the nation’s younger cohort skews liberal and churches are seen as largely conservative institutions