|This year, PRRI’s research provided additional context — and revealed paradoxes — about the decades-long trend of increasing religious disaffiliation in the United States.
In a new survey of more than 5,800 adults from all 50 states, PRRI found that church attendance and the importance of religion continue to decline among most Americans, with fewer than 2 in 10 Americans (16%) say religion is the most important thing in their lives (a finding reported by NPR’s Morning Edition). However, more than 8 in 10 Christian churchgoers (82%) say they are optimistic about the future of their church.
In a follow up to that report, PRRI published “Clergy and Congregations in a Time of Transformation,” a new survey of more than 3,000 clergy from the seven largest mainline Protestant denominations. This survey, which found that mainline Protestant clergy are more than twice as likely as white mainline Protestant churchgoers to identify with the Democratic party, was featured in Axios, Religion News Service, and Deseret News.