77% of Americans Identify with Christian Religion

77% of Americans Identify with Christian Religion

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The large majority of Americans – 77 percent of the adult population — identify with a Christian religion, including 52 percent who are Protestants or some other non-Catholic Christian religion, 23 percent who are Catholic, and 2 percent who affiliate with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Another 18 percent of Americans do not have an explicit religious identity and 5 percent identify with a non-Christian religion.

This breakdown is essentially the same as it was in 2011. Compared with last year, Protestant and Catholic identification dropped.

The 2012 findings on the breakdown of religious identification in the American population are based on more than 326,000 Gallup Daily tracking interviews conducted between January 2 and November 30.

Mormons Most Religious of Any Faith

Mormons are by far the most religious of any group in this analysis, based on self-reported importance of religion and religious service attendance, followed by Protestants/other non-Catholic Christians and Muslims. Catholics are slightly less likely than these groups to say religion is important in their daily life and that they attend religious services frequently. Those who identify with a non-Christian religion other than Judaism or Islam are less religious still. And Jews are the least religious group measured.

Bottom Line

The United States remains a largely Christian nation; more than nine in 10 Americans who have a religious identity are affiliated with a Christian religion. There has been little change in this portrait of religious identity in the U.S. from last year.

Mormons remain the most religious group of those measured, while Jews are the least. Protestants and Muslims continue to be slightly more religious than Catholics.

Source: Gallup

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