As Easter approaches, Gallup has some excellent news: Fewer Americans than ever before attend church regularly.
When asked if they are members of a church, synagogue, or mosque, only 50% of Americans said yes, down from 70% just two decades ago.
Why the drop? Because more people are comfortable living without religion (thanks, atheists!) and people who are religious have less of a desire to attend a formal place of worship.
The decline in church membership mostly reflects the fact that fewer Americans than in the past now have any religious affiliation. However, even those who do identify with a particular religion are less likely to belong to a church or other place of worship than in the past.
Time isn’t on religion’s side either. While 68% of people born before 1945 attend church, that number drops to 42% when looking at those born after 1980. The Millennial aversion to organized religion is stronger than ever. Furthermore, 29% of Millennials say they have “no religion,” compared to only 9% of the oldest generation.