Study: Record Low Numbers of White, Christian Americans
The number of Americans who identify as white and Christian now represents less than 50 percent of the United States population.
A new study says immigrants have driven the decrease along with a growing number of Americans who reject organized religion.
The Public Religion Research Institute, or PRRI, did the study. It questioned more than 100,000 people between January 2016 and January 2017.
It found that Christianity overall remains a large majority. Nearly 70 percent of Americans identify themselves as Christian. However, white Christians -- once dominant -- now make up only 43 percent of the national population.
Forty years ago, about 80 percent of Americans were white Christians.
Today, about 25 percent of Americans do not identify with a single religion, the study found. About 17 percent of Americans now identify as white evangelical Christians, compared to 23 percent 10 years ago.
In the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump, a Republican, received 80 percent of the votes of white evangelicals.
The PRRI study found that more than one-third of all Republicans say they are white evangelicals. And nearly 75 percent of Republicans identify themselves as white Christians.
By comparison, about eight percent of Democrats call themselves white evangelicals. Almost 30 percent of Democrats identify as white Christians. And 40 percent of Democrats say they have no religious affiliation.
The latest PRRI study also provided state-by-state details. It found that New York is the state with the greatest religious diversity. The southern state of Mississippi has the least religious diversity.
The northeastern U.S. has long been where most of American Catholics live, and the northeastern state of Rhode Island remains the most Catholic state in the country.
However, the Catholic population in the country is shifting, PRRI reports. A majority of Catholics in the U.S. now live in the south or west. The change comes from an increase in Latin American immigrants settling in those areas.
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美国公共宗教研究所（PRRI）进行了这项研究 。该机构在2016年1月至2017年1月对10万多人进行了调查 。
研究发现，基督教在总体上仍然占大多数 。约70%的美国人称自己是基督教徒 。然而，曾经占主导地位的白人基督教徒现只占全国人口的43% 。
研究还发现，目前有约25%的美国人不信仰某一特定宗教 。目前有约17%的美国人为白人福音派基督教徒，而10年前这一比例为23% 。
该机构的这一最新研究还提供了各周的详细情况 。研究发现，纽约的宗教最多元化，而南部密西西比州的宗教文化最单一 。
长期以来，美国东北部一直是美国天主教徒的聚集地 。东北部的罗德岛州仍然是美国最信奉天主教的区域 。
然而，该机构的报告称，这里的天主教人口正在发生转移 。美国大多数天主教徒现居于南部和西部 。这一变化是因为越来越多的拉美移民在这些地区定居 。