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Study Claims Most Millennials 'Talk to God' but Do Not Identify as 'Religious'

Amanda Casanova | Contributor | Monday, April 14, 2014

Study Claims Most Millennials 'Talk to God' but Do Not Identify as 'Religious'

A new study says that more than half of 18 to 34-year-olds “look to religion,” and about 60 percent say they “talk to God.”

The study comes from the Integrated Innovation Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. The study asked 2,000 millennials about their attitudes toward faith and their daily lives.

According to the study, only 49 percent of white millennials said faith is a guide in their daily lives. Fifty one percent of Asian millennials said faith is a guide compared to 54 percent of Hispanics. Sixty seven percent of African-American millennials “look to religion” while 78 percent say they “talk to God.”

Peter Boatwright, co-director of the Integrated Innovation Institute, told NPR: "Millennials are widely believed to have less faith in God and are less active in religion than their parents and grandparents.

"While our survey doesn't explore this comparison, we think it's telling that, overall, the majority of this generation does express a fairly strong sense of faith."

The survey said there was no correlation between the amount of education people have and how they view religion.

In February a study from Pew Research said that only 36 percent of millennials consider themselves “religious.” Of people aged 34 to 49, about 50 percent said they were religious. Fifty five percent of 50 to 68-year-olds and 61 percent of those ages 69 to 86 said they were religious.


Publication date: April 14, 2014