Nearly 48 percent of gay Americans identify as Christian according to an extensive new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center.
Pew’s survey found that 29 percent of those who identified as gay said they were Protestant, while 17 percent identified as Catholic. Only 8 percent of gays said they were atheists. As Fusion points out, there was no historical data available to show how these rates have changed over time.
72 percent of straights identify as Christian.
Pew’s survey also found that the Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing.
But the major new survey of more than 35,000 Americans by the Pew Research Center finds that the percentage of adults (ages 18 and older) who describe themselves as Christians has dropped by nearly eight percentage points in just seven years, from 78.4% in an equally massive Pew Research survey in 2007 to 70.6% in 2014. Over the same period, the percentage of Americans who are religiously unaffiliated – describing themselves as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular” – has jumped more than six points, from 16.1% to 22.8%. And the share of Americans who identify with non-Christian faiths also has inched up, rising 1.2 percentage points, from 4.7% in 2007 to 5.9% in 2014. Growth has been especially great among Muslims and Hindus, albeit from a very low base.