Te ARIS 2008 survey was carried outduring February-November 2008 andcollected answers rom 54,461 respondents who were questioned in English orSpanish.
Te American population sel-identies aspredominantly Christian but Americansare slowly becoming less Christian.
denominations have experiencedthe steepest declines while the non-denominational Christian identity has been trending upward particularly since 2001.
the U.S. does not come rom otherreligions but rather rom a rejection o all orms o organized religion.
themselves “Born Again or EvangelicalChristians” in 2008.
Te U. S. population continues to show signs o becoming less religious, withone out o every ve Americans ailing toindicate a religious identity in 2008.
preerence, atheist, or agnostic)continue to grow, though at a muchslower pace than in the 1990s, rom
more likely to indicate no religiousidentity than other racial or ethnicgroups.
One sign o the lack o attachment o
expect a religious uneral at their death.Based on their stated belies rather thantheir religious identication in 2008,
America’s religious geography has beentransormed since 1990. Religiousswitching along with Hispanicimmigration has signicantly changedthe religious prole o some states andregions. Between 1990 and 2008, theCatholic population proportion o the
Overall the 1990-2008 ARIS timeseries shows that changes in religioussel-identication in the rst decade o the 21st century have been moderate incomparison to the 1990s, which was aperiod o signicant shits in the religiouscomposition o the United States.
AMERICAN RELIGIOUS IDENIFICAION SURVEY (ARIS) 2008
Principal Investigators: Barry A. Kosmin and Ariela Keysar