Poll: Less than half of Americans pray every day

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by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) – A 2021 poll by the Pew Research Center has found that 45% of US adults say they pray every day, compared to 55% in 2014 and 58% in 2007, the Christian Post (CP) reports. Conducted from May 29 to August 25, the poll found that 32% of US adults rarely or never pray.

The poll also found that 29% of US adults identify as religious “nones:” atheists, agnostics or “nothing in particular,” CP reports. The number of those who say they are unaffiliated with any religion is now 6% higher than it was in 2016, and 10% higher than it was in 2011.

The study shows that the number of those who identify as Protestant has fallen by 10% since 2011, and by 4% in the last five years, CP reports. Protestants were found mostly to identify as “born-again or Evangelical Christian.”  The study showed that 58% of white Protestants identify as born-again or Evangelical, while 66% of blacks do.

According to the poll, black Evangelicals are more likely to attend church than white evangelicals: 70% of black Evangelicals said they attend church at least once a month, compared to 56% of white Evangelicals who said the same. Only 35% of self-identifying Catholics said they attend services at least once a month.

While still the majority in America, self-identifying Christians now make up only 63% of the US population, the study said. In 2007, Christians made up 78% of the population.

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