04/27/2009 - The Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life held a conference call with journalists to discuss the release of a new Pew Forum survey that documents the fluidity of religious affiliation in the U.S. and describes the patterns and major reasons for change.
“Faith in Flux: Changes in Religious Affiliation in the U.S.” is a follow-up study to the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, conducted by the Pew Forum in 2007 and released in 2008, which found that a remarkably high number of people have changed their religious affiliation since childhood. The new poll offers insight into how often people change religion and the main reasons they give for changing – or leaving religion altogether.
The survey is based on callback interviews with people who were originally polled for the Religious Landscape Survey and who represent the largest segments of the population that have changed religious affiliation. This number includes former Catholics who are now unaffiliated or have become Protestant, former Protestants who are now unaffiliated, people who have changed from one denomination to another within Protestantism, and those raised unaffiliated who now belong to a religious faith.
Luis Lugo, Director, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
John C. Green, Senior Fellow in Religion and American Politics, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
Gregory A. Smith, Research Fellow, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
Read the full transcript Faith in Flux: Changes in Religious Affiliation in the U.S. on the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life's Web site.