New Poll Finds Religious Conservative Population is Getting Smaller in U.S.

| by Amanda Schallert

The population of religious conservatives may be dwindling in America, according to a recent poll.

The Public Religion Research Institute released a report last week finding that adults who were born after 1980 are about twice as likely to be religious progressives than adults who are between the ages of 66 and 80, according to MSN.

Among younger adults — ages 18 to 33 — 23 percent were found to be religious progressives; 22 percent were non-religious; and 17 percent were religious conservatives, according to

The study reinforces previous analyses of young people and religion in America, along with fears held by religious leaders and the far right of the Republican party, which is typically associated with religious conservatism.

Young people may be concerned with the Church’s traditional stances on science and sexual conduct, according to an Alternet article about the conservative Evangelical church. The article concerned a five-year study about young people leaving the Evangelical church and came out last year.

The Public Religion Research Institute poll’s release coincides with a recent push by Republicans in America to pass new restrictive abortion legislation, a cause generally supported by religious and political conservatives.

Sources: MSN, Public Religion Research Institute