Survey finds 19% without religious affiliation

The number of non-believers is rising rapidly. According to a new aggregate of Pew surveys, the number has risen from 6% of US adults in 1990 all the way to 19% through 2011.

Interestingly, the researchers say that the chief way the category grows is by "switchers" -- people who grew up religious, but are now agnostics, atheists, or simply "nothing in particular". The researchers speculate that two things could keep the numbers down: immigrants from religious nations, whose numbers fluctuate, and that they have a low birth rate because they are "disproportionately young, often single, and highly educated".

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