RELIGION
07/03/2013 11:13 am ET

Some Religiously Unaffiliated Say Their Growth Is Bad: Survey

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Surveys have frequently shown that the number of religiously unaffiliated Americans -- including but not limited to atheists, agnostics and people who are spiritual but not religious -- are increasing, with there being about one in five people who now claim no religion.

A new survey from the Pew Research Center has taken the "rise of the nones" further by asking Americans how they view the growing lack of formal religion in the United States.

In some ways, the results make sense. More religious people tend to see the growth of the unaffiliated as bad for American society, according to the survey. But surprisingly, 19 percent of the unaffiliated also see the growth of people like them as being bad. Only 24 percent of unaffiliated Americans say their growth is a good, while a large swath, 55 percent, say it "doesn't make a difference."

Overall, about half of the American public sees the growth of the "nones" as bad, while a nearly equal percentage sees it as good or something that does not make a difference.

Take a look at the details, provided by Pew, below.

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