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Poll: Most Americans are Christian

More than three-quarters of Americans identify themselves as Christian, Gallup reports ("Christianity Remains Dominant Religion in the United States"). Pollsters found that 78 percent of Americans identify with Christianity.

Overall, more than 82 percent of Americans have a religious identity, with this breakdown:

• Protestant/other Christian: 52.5 percent.

• Roman Catholic: 23.6 percent.

• Mormon: 1.9 percent.

• Jewish: 1.6 percent.

• Muslim: 0.5 percent.

• Other non-Christian religion: 2.4 percent.

• None/atheist/agnostic: 15 percent.

• No response: 2.5 percent.

The findings fit the trend of an increasing percentage of Americans who don't embrace a formal religious identity. In 1951, 1 percent of Americans didn't have a religious identity, compared to 24 percent identifying as Roman Catholic and 68 percent claiming a non-Roman Catholic Christian faith.

Earlier in 2011, Gallup found that 92 percent of Americans say they believe in God, which suggests that a lack of religious identity is not necessarily linked to atheism.


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