There are three articles out detailing demographic information about Millennials. Another batch of information confirms that Pope Francis is a hit, despite the overall trends. And another peek behind the numbers.
“The nones are clearly growing as a share of the population. It’s a big, important, fundamental change in U.S. society, regardless of what’s causing it and whatever else is happening,” Smith said. “But does it necessarily mean that other religious groups are less healthy than they might have been? It may be that they are but there are other forces that are at play.”
Those forces include immigration rates and religious switching. About half of Americans switch their religion, leave one or find one at least once in their lifetime.
Today’s young adults are starting out more unaffiliated than any prior generation of 20-year-olds. So, even if some millennials do find a faith, Jones said, “they will still be the most unaffiliated generation in history.”
Jones identified another force in shifting religious demography: “There are fewer white evangelicals among millennials (ages 18 to 33) because younger Americans today are more racially and ethnically diverse.”
Will they stay? The PRRI survey found that a significant number of young adults say anegative attitude toward LGBT people was one of the factors that prompted them to leave church.