Religious Progressives to Outnumber Religious Conservatives?
A recent study conducted by Robert Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, which surveyed 2,000 adults in partnership with the Brookings Institute, has released a study stating that in the years to come, religious progressives will outnumber religious conservatives.
Robert Jones stated –
“If you’re using a generational snapshot today as a proxy for the future, it is is safe to say that religious progressives hold a stronger appeal among Millennials.”
Jones found that the Christian Right makes up 28 percent of the population and receives more cultural attention. Jones also found that there are over 27,000 monthly global searches for “Christian Right” compared to just over 8,000 searches for “Christian Left”. He [Jones] determined that Christian Lefts are only 9 percentage points behind Christian Rights at 19 percent of the population.
With each generation, the popularity of religious conservatism has declined. Forty-seven percent of the Silent Generation (ages 66 to 88) are religious conservatives, compared with 34 percent of Baby Boomers, 23 percent of Gen Xers and 17 percent of Millennials.
“What we see is not a one-to-one replacement of religious conservatives with religious progressives,” Jones explained. Instead, the ranks of religious conservatives over time are declining, while religious progressives maintain their share of the population. “But there’s also this growing number of non-religious Americans.” If the trends continue, religious progressives eventually will outnumber religious conservatives.
The findings echo research earlier this year that found the number of people who don’t consider themselves part of a religion has hit its highest point since pollsters began tracking religious affiliations in the 1930s.