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  •  I also find that part troublesome. (1+ / 0-)
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    A small minority nationwide so I can accept some variation, but that 0.0 stands out to me.

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    by auron renouille on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 07:08:23 PM PDT

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    •  The 31-40 data... (4+ / 0-)

      is a little odd, with the total absence of any Jewish responders and the significant spike in "Other" religions. Looking at the data, it's also the smallest sample size of the categories. I suspect the 2012 31-40 pool may not be an ideally representative sample.

      The marked decline in Protestant self-identification and the ballooning "None" group is still just as clear on the 2000-2012 composite, though, with respondent counts in the thousands. The trends are real, even if one or two data points are odd ducks.

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      by Serpents Choice on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 07:27:28 PM PDT

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      •  the trends in the large samples are real, sure. (0+ / 0-)

        although I think that as fundamentalists continue to scream, the 'none' pool gets rapidly larger.  As political fundamentalism loses steam, political secularism probably will a bit too and you'll see a kind of equilibrium.

        I don't think this is a trend towards the de-religionization of society--I think it will always ebb and flow.  Scientific advances can in some ways even increase people's tendency to look for religion--as we answer and raise stranger and stranger questions.

      •  The spike in other (0+ / 0-)

        My guess was that the spike in "Other" represented a rise in Asian immigration 30-40 years ago on the part of the respondents' parents which then got swamped by Latino immigration later on (thus the rise in Cathocism among the youngest demographic).

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