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Young people of faith more likely to be engaged than non-religious counterparts

April 14th, 2010
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April 2010

Using data from the 2008 American National Election Studies (ANES), this fact sheet explores the religious demographics of the Millenials (18-29). Through the lens of religious affiliation, this report examines the ways in which young Americans participate in politics and in their communities. A special focus is given to young Evangelical Christians, a group that has recently recieved considerable media attention. Overall, data indicate that young Americans of faith are more engaged than young people with no religious affiliation.

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  6. Peter Says:

    Well it’s an interesting report, but don’t you think it’s inevitable? Surely belonging to a religious group will in itself increase the likelyhood of a person engaging with other people?

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    A special focus is given to young Evangelical Christians, a group that has recently recieved considerable media attention.

  8. Nathan Rodriguez Says:

    Religion participation is clearly an introduction to social contribution.

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    Young Americans of faith are more engaged than young people with no religious affiliation.

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  15. Anxiety Sweating Says:

    I don’t know if I buy into this study. This is focused on Christian based religions which are very diverse. On one hand, we have a lot to lose if government turns on faith, so we engage to stop it. On the other hand Gods will is going to prevail according to His plan. We just do what we can obviously.

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    This data is helpful in proving that young Americans of faith are more engaged than young people with no religious affiliation.

  18. Peter Says:

    New research shows young Americans are dramatically less likely to go to church — or to participate in any form of organized religion — than their parents and grandparents.
    “It’s a huge change,” says Harvard University professor Robert Putnam, who conducted the research.
    Historically, the percentage of Americans who said they had no religious affiliation (pollsters refer to this group as the “nones”) has been very small — hovering between 5 percent and 10 percent. However, Putnam says the percentage of “nones” has now skyrocketed to between 30 percent and 40 percent among younger Americans.

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  20. weightlossdietpills Says:

    of course young Americans of faith are more engaged, they actually “believe”

  21. NT Says:

    I actually find it disturbing that more young people are giving money than are actually volunteering. While both are good(!), there seems to me to be a substantial difference between the two. Volunteering builds social capital, fosters relationships, and develops one’s personal capacity to be of service to other human beings. Donating money is a step more removed and impersonal, and seems a very material-based response to social problems that are often at their core in need of spiritual solutions.

  22. bob Says:

    Well it’s an interesting report, but don’t you think it’s inevitable? Surely belonging to a religious group will in itself increase the likelyhood of a person engaging with other people?

    Thanks

  23. Anderson Says:

    The Data from the 2008 American National Election Studies (ANES), it’s very good compare next year.

  24. Addlinklist Says:

    I can’t download fact sheet, I think my internet down or low speed.
    Thank for all. 🙂

  25. Amary Says:

    Thank you for download fact sheet.

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  29. Orbital Says:

    Nice relationship found in this research, great positive point for religious participation.

  30. Thalasso Says:

    Excellent stats…