The main gist of the report is that more and more Americans do not claim any religious affiliation (hence "The rise of the 'Nones'"). Here are a few highlights:
- 1 in 5 adults have no religious affiliation
- This increase has accelerated in just the last 5 years. In 2007 15% claimed no religious affiliation compared to 20% in 2012.
- The number of those who identify as Protestant has declined to significantly under 50% for the first time since the Pew research report began. In 2007 53% identified as Protestant and in 2012 only 48%.