Seven in 10 Americans are very or moderately religious, according to Gallup poll

But Protestant population is shrinking as "unbranded" religion grows

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Published: Thursday, Dec. 6 2012 4:17 p.m. MST

A new study shows seven in 10 Americans are very or moderately religious.

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Our take: According to a newly released Gallup poll, 40 percent of Americans say they are very religious, and 31 percent say they are nonreligious. Other conclusions include the following: Women are more religious than men, religiousness increases with age, and Mormons are the most religious of any specific religious group in America; Jews are the least.

PRINCETON, NJ — Sixty-nine percent of American adults are very or moderately religious, based on self-reports of the importance of religion in their daily lives and attendance at religious services. Within that group, 40% are very religious, meaning that they attend religious services regularly and they say religion is important in their daily lives.

These data are based on more than 320,000 interviews conducted by Gallup between Jan. 2 and Nov. 30 of this year. Similar data going back to 2008 form the basis of the new book God Is Alive and Well: The Future of Religion in America.

Read more about the Gallup results on Gallup.com.

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