Secularism Is on the Rise, but Americans Are Still Finding Community and Purpose in Spirituality

Karen Turner: We asked people where they currently stand on religious or spiritual beliefs, and where they feel the strongest sense of community and purpose. Their answers revealed that most Americans organize their communities and sense of identity around their family unit, though religious institutions followed closely behind. Our survey also revealed that work, hobbies, or political affiliation matter on average much less to people than their spiritual beliefs or family. Overall, most Americans still feel connected to a higher being or spiritual belief. Religious attendance may be dwindling, but people are still interested in finding community and purpose through faith of some kind.

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