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Marriage, worship down

Marriage among Americans who have graduated high school but not college is on the decline, and their religious attendance has also dropped, according to "The State of Our Unions," an annual report from the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

"Middle Americans" ages 25 to 60 (58 percent of the population) who were in their first marriages dropped from 73 percent in the 1970s to 45 percent in the 2000s.

Members of this group have seen a similar drop in religious attendance, from 40 percent attending nearly every week or more in the 1970s to 28 percent in the 2000s.


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