Yesterday, Pew released its latest polling data and analysis on religion in America. Specifically, Pew asked respondents whether they viewed the decline of people affiliated with religion as something good, bad, or neutral for American society.
Many more say it is bad than good (48% versus 11%). But about four-in-ten (39%) say it does not make much difference. Even among adults who do not identify with any religion, only about a quarter (24%) say the trend is good, while nearly as many say it is bad (19%); a majority (55%) of the unaffiliated say it does not make much difference for society.
The survey results go into detail about how respondents from specific religions or no religion answered as different groups. But among those affiliated with a faith, the biggest contrast is between white evangelical Protestants and Hispanic Catholics. Seventy-eight percent of white evangelicals said they see the non-religious trend as a bad thing, compared to 36 percent of Hispanic Catholics. Alternatively, 48 percent of those Catholics said the trend makes no difference, compared to only 16 percent of white evangelicals.
View here for Pew’s earlier summary of their findings on the rise of the unaffiliateds.