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Methodology

October 17, 2019 In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace Methodology Each year, Pew Research Center conducts several random-digit-dial (RDD) telephone (cellphones and landlines) surveys about political topics.6 Most of the analysis in this report is based on aggregated results from the complete set of those surveys conducted in …

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Acknowledgments

October 17, 2019 Acknowledgments This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals. Find related reports online at pewresearch.org/religion. Research Team Gregory A. Smith, Associate Director of ResearchAlan Cooperman, Director of Religion ResearchBesheer Mohamed, Senior ResearcherElizabeth Podrebarac Sciupac, Senior ResearcherBecka A. Alper, Research …

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In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace

October 17, 2019 In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace An update on America’s changing religious landscape (Sungjin Ahn photography/Getty Images) The religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a rapid clip. In Pew Research Center telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, 65% of …

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Acknowledgments

October 3, 2019 For a Lot of American Teens, Religion Is a Regular Part of the Public School Day Acknowledgments Primary Researchers Elizabeth Podrebarac Sciupac, Senior Researcher Philip Schwadel, Professor of Sociology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln             Research Team Alan Cooperman, Director of Religion Research Gregory A. Smith, Associate Director of Research …

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Methodology

The analysis of adolescents in this report is based on a self-administered web survey conducted from March 29 to April 14, 2019, among a sample of 1,811 dyads, with each dyad – or pair – comprised of one U.S. adolescent ages 13 to 17 and one parent per adolescent. The …

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1. Which religious groups know what about religion?

Based on religious affiliation (or lack thereof), the groups that display the highest levels of religious knowledge on this survey include Jews (who get an average of 18.7 out of 32 questions correct), self-described atheists (17.9) and self-described agnostics (17.0). Looked at another way, seven-in-ten Jewish respondents (69%) answer at …

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2. Factors linked with religious knowledge

Religious affiliation is just one of several factors linked with religious knowledge. The survey shows, for example, that religious knowledge is also very closely linked with how many years of schooling a person has received. In addition, a variety of other educational traits – such as making efforts to learn …

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