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By some key measures, Americans ages 18 to 29 are considerably less religious than older Americans.
Fewer young adults belong to any particular faith than older people do today. Fully one-in-four members of the Millennial generation — so called because they were born after and began to come of age around the year — are unaffiliated with any particular faith.
Young adults also attend religious services less often than older Americans today. And compared with their elders today, fewer young people say that religion is very important in their lives.
Yet in other ways, Millennials remain fairly traditional in their religious beliefs and practices. Though young adults pray less often than their elders do today, the number of young adults who say they pray every day rivals the portion of young people who said the same in prior decades.
And though belief in God is lower among young adults than among older adults, Millennials say they believe in God with absolute certainty at rates similar to those seen among Gen Xers a decade ago.
A Note on Sources and Methods This report is based on data from a variety of sources, including Pew Research Center surveys, which are used primarily to compare young adults with older adults today.
General Social Surveys and Gallup surveys are used primarily for cohort analyses, which compare young adults today with previous generations when they were in their 20s and early 30s.
While the surveys explore similar topics, exact question wording and results vary from survey to survey. Present-day comparisons are made between adults ages and those 30 and older.
There is significant — but not complete — overlap between the two approaches. That is, in the present-day analyses, depending on the year of the survey being analyzed, some in the age group are actually young members of Generation X defined here as those born from to and not true members of the Millennial Generation defined here as those born after In their social and political views, young adults are clearly more accepting than older Americans of homosexuality, more inclined to see evolution as the best explanation of human life and less prone to see Hollywood as threatening their moral values.
At the same time, Millennials are no less convinced than their elders that there are absolute standards of right and wrong. And they are slightly more supportive than their elders of government efforts to protect morality, as well as somewhat more comfortable with involvement in politics by churches and other houses of worship.
It explores the degree to which the religious characteristics and social views of young adults differ from those of older people today, as well as how Millennials compare with previous generations when they were young. Religious Affiliation Compared with their elders today, young people are much less likely to affiliate with any religious tradition or to identify themselves as part of a Christian denomination.
The large proportion of young adults who are unaffiliated with a religion is a result, in part, of the decision by many young people to leave the religion of their upbringing without becoming involved with a new faith.
Data from the General Social Surveys GSSwhich have been conducted regularly sinceconfirm that young adults are not just more unaffiliated than their elders today but are also more unaffiliated than young people have been in recent decades.
Among Millennials who are affiliated with a religion, however, the intensity of their religious affiliation is as strong today as among previous generations when they were young.
But generational differences in worship attendance tend to be smaller within religious groups with the exception of Catholics than in the total population. In other words, while young people are less likely than their elders to be affiliated with a religion, among those who are affiliated, generational differences in worship attendance are fairly small.You may have arrived at this page because you followed a link to one of our old platforms that cannot be redirected.
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