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Old 10-11-2016, 05:48 PM
 
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I was looking at the statistics for religion and they seemed way off. I was wondering if it was just based off of the amount of people that attend the churchs. Not the amount of people who consider themselves Christian but don't go to church. Because I know a lot of the U.S is around 70-80% Christian and these percentages just didn't seem right. Thank you for your answers!
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Old 10-11-2016, 06:44 PM
 
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Find the statistic. Then find out the firm, company or people who came up with it. Then google their methodology. That's how you find out what a statistic is based on.

Pew is the leading research group for religion in the US. Religion in America: U.S. Religious Data, Demographics and Statistics | Pew Research Center

Their methodology... "...surveys more than 35,000 Americans from all 50 states about their religious affiliations, beliefs and practices, and social and political views."

So it's a survey of self-identification. Not a measure of church attendance.
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Old 10-11-2016, 07:48 PM
 
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Thank you very much for the answer. I found the group that did the study and it was not PEW. I looked up their methodology, and they did do it based on church attendance and not individual identification. Thank you for helping me out.
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Old 10-12-2016, 07:11 PM
 
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The census will ask how often one attends church, but no question about how devout you are.
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Old 10-13-2016, 11:01 AM
 
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A lot of people attend church mainly to make family/community happy.

A lot of people tell census takers they are Baptist/Jewish/Evangelical/Methodist to conform to their family culture.

A lot of people claim belief in 'a higher power' through a labrynthine justification process to avoid considering themselves atheist or agnostic.

A lot of people attend no church or claim no religion, yet are deeply spiritual believers.



tl;dr a statistic can never give a true picture of a person's, much less a country's, deepest held beliefs.
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