About 20 percent of Americans identify themselves as no religion in particular, agnostic or atheist — a figure that has doubled since a similar survey was taken in 1990. Also, that number increases to a third when you focus on people under 30.
That’s not to say those people don’t believe in God, it’s just they no longer identify with being Catholic, Evangelical, or Protestant.
“We think it’s mostly a reaction to the religious right,” Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam, who studies the decline in religious affiliation and wrote the best-seller Bowling Alone, told the Washington Post. “The best predictor of which people have moved into this category over the last 20 years is how they feel about religion and politics.”
Interesting, to say the least.