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Challenging Religious Privilege

Younger Americans moving away from religion

New research by the Pew Forum in the USA looked at the speed and breadth of the divergence of opinion between the older and younger generations of Americans. They conclude that there has not been such a generational difference in opinions since the sixties.

Religion plays a much bigger part in the lives of the older generations than the younger. About two-thirds of people 65 and older said religion is very important to them, compared with just over half of those 30 to 49 and 44 percent of people 18 to 29.

In addition, among adults 65 and older, one-third said religion has grown more important to them over the course of their lives, while 4 percent said it has become less important and 60 percent said it has stayed the same.

Published Fri, 03 Jul 2009