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Belief In God Plummets Among Youth (CHART)


Among other generations, belief in God is high and has seen few changes in recent decades. Between 81 and 89 percent of older generations say they never doubt the existence of God, although the older the generation, the more likely they are to believe in God.

The chart below reflects the Pew survey's latest findings.

The results suggest that a new movement of atheist or agnostic thinking during the the last decade -- spearheaded by high-profile authors like Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris -- is steering younger people away from traditional beliefs long held by their parents.

The trend was also reflected in declining numbers of millennials who agreed with the statements "Prayer is an important part of my daily life" and "We all will be called before God at the Judgment Day to answer for our sins." Answers to those questions also didn't change much among older generations.

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