Poll Shows Atheism on the Rise in the U.S.
Religiosity is on the decline in the U.S. and atheism is on the rise, according to a new worldwide poll. The poll, called â€œThe Global Index of Religiosity and Atheism,â€ found that the number of Americans who say they are â€œreligiousâ€ dropped from 73% in 2005 (the last time the poll was conducted) to 60%. At the same time, the number of Americans who say they are atheists rose, from 1% to 5%.
The poll was conducted by WIN-Gallup International and is based on interviews with 50,000 people from 57 countries and five continents. Participants were asked, â€œIrrespective of whether you attend a place of worship or not, would you say you are a religious person, not a religious person, or a convinced atheist?â€