Mainline Protestants are twice as likely to have religiously unaffiliated teen children

by Jordyn Pair · Sep 11th, 2020 4:22 pm
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Last Updated Sep 14th, 2020 at 7:20 pm

Mainline Protestants are twice as likely to have religiously unaffiliated teenaged children when compared to evangelical parents, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.

Pew found that 80% of evangelicals who were surveyed had a teenaged child that shared their religious affiliation, as did 81% of Catholic respondents.

However, just 55% of mainline Protestants said they had a teenaged child who shared their religious affiliation, according to the survey. The poll also showed that 24% of mainline Protestants said they had teenaged children who were religiously unaffiliated, compared to 12% of evangelical respondents and 15% of Catholic respondents.

Religious unaffiliated parents were also more likely to have teenaged children who were also religiously unaffiliated, at 86%. Just 10% of teens of religiously unaffiliated parents identified with a Christian religion.

The poll also showed that just under half (48%) of surveyed teenagers said they have "all the same" religious beliefs as their parents.

The poll, released Thursday, surveyed 1,811 teenagers ages 13-17 and was conducted March 29 through April 14, 2019.


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