Almost half of all gay Americans are Christians
Pew has just released the findings of its survey of religious affiliation.
The pollster found that the number of people identifying as Christians in the US has dropped almost 8 percentage points since 2007, from 78.4 percent to 70.6 percent in its 2014 Religious Landscape Study. At the same time, the number of unaffiliated Americans ‒ such as atheists, agnostics and those who identify as “nones” aka “nothing in particular” ‒ increased more than 6 points, from 4.7 percent in 2007 to 5.9 percent in 2014.
One of the most striking results from the survey was 48 percent of gay Americans identify as Christian. Within that group, 29 percent identified as Protestant, while 17 percent identified as Catholic. Just 8 percent of gays said they were atheists. Despite the increase in gay Christians, LGB Americans were nearly twice as likely to have no religion (41%), compared with 22% of straight respondents.
“This suggests the degree of alienation and discomfort and sense of being unwelcome that they may have felt in traditional religious groups,” Pew director Alan Cooperman said.