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May 13, 2015 5:05 PM

Study says religious affiliation down in NH, across US


A new Pew Research Center Religious Landscape Study of more than 35,000 adults shows the religious composition of New Hampshire and the United States is changing.

Christianity makes up 59 percent in New Hampshire - Catholicism leads that group with 26 percent. The unaffiliated now make up 36 percent of Granite Staters.

The Pew Research Center's study estimates there are 173 million Christian adults in the United States today, down 5 million - or nearly 8 percent - from a 2007 Pew study.

Protestant and Catholic religions seeing the biggest drop of the Christian faiths.

Meanwhile there's a big rise of what the study calls the religious "nones."

About 7 percent of Americans self-identify as Atheists or Agnostics.

Those who say their religion is “nothing in particular” make up nearly 16 percent - the combination of these are up nearly 7 percent from 2007.

Non-Christian faiths, such as Islam and Hinduism, are up modestly from 4.7 percent in 2007 to 5.9 percent in 2014.


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