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Religiously unaffiliated (not necessarily atheist/agnostic) - single largest group in the US


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When Americans are asked to check a box indicating their religious affiliation, 28% now check 'none.'


A new study from Pew Research finds that the religiously unaffiliated – a group comprised of atheists, agnostic and those who say their religion is "nothing in particular" – is now the largest cohort in the U.S. They're more prevalent among American adults than Catholics (23%) or evangelical Protestants (24%).


Back in 2007, Nones made up just 16% of Americans, but Pew's new survey of more than 3,300 U.S. adults shows that number has now risen dramatically.

Researchers refer to this group as the "Nones."


Pew asked respondents what – if anything – they believe. The research organization found that Nones are not a uniform group.


Most Nones believe in God or another higher power, but very few attend any kind of religious service. They aren't all anti-religious. Most Nones say religion does some harm, but many also think it does some good. Most have more positive views of science than those who are religiously affiliated; however, they reject the idea that science can explain everything.

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