With every passing year the share of the population that identifies as Christian inches down ever so slightly and the share of the population that identifies as atheist or agnostic goes up very slightly as well. Now over enough years that change can be quite dramatic.
Cenk Uygur (https://twitter.com/cenkuygur) and John Iadarola (https://twitter.com/jiadarola) break down the story. Are you part of the group who gave up on religion? Tell us why or why not in the comments.
Even though some politicians claim America is a "Christian nation," the share of the population that identifies as Christian has declined significantly in recent years.
New statistics from the Pew Research Center show that between 2007 and 2014, the number of Americans who identify as Christian dropped by nearly eight percentage points, from 78.4 percent to 70.6 percent.
At the same time, Pew’s 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Study found that the number of people who are religiously unaffiliated -- either atheist, agnostic or simply “nothing in particular” -- has grown by more than six percentage points, from 16.1 percent in 2007 to 22.8 percent in 2014.