Millennials and God: New Study
Only 58% of Millennials are “absolutely certain” that God exists, according to a new study conducted by the Pew Research Center. This is lower than any other generation of people as indicated by the graph below.
Additionally, 29 percent of Millennials are not affiliated with any religion. This is in contrast to Gen Xers (21%), Boomers (16%) and the Silent Generation (9%).
Further, only 36 percent of Millennials consider themselves a religious person. This is considerably different from older generations as indicated in the graph below.
This chart also identifies more than half (51%) of Millennials as supportive of gay rights, the least patriotic of any other generation, and the least likely to describe themselves as an environmentalist. In all four areas, Millennials are markedly different than older generations.
What can we learn from this research?
1. Millennials do not follow the trends of the older generations. They believe what they do and will not be pressured into anything different.
2. Millennials are a generation that is still growing and forming their own opinions. It should be noted that adults of older generations typically increase their belief in God as they get older. It may be that the faith of Millennials will increase.
3. We should not make hasty conclusions. We may need to more closely examine this research to understand it more completely. For example, in my association with Millennials, I have discovered that the word “religion” is changing. In fact, to many Millennials, the word actually has a negative connotation. This generation may be more apt to describe themselves as “spiritual”. We may need to adjust the wording in our research to reflect changing definitions. Further, we should avoid over-generalizing or “pigeon-holing” generations, but consider each person as an individual.
What can you observe from this research?
These findings are based on a new Pew Research Center survey conducted
Feb. 14-23, 2014 among 1,821 adults nationwide, including 617 Millennial adults, and analysis of other Pew Research Center surveys conducted between 1990 and 2014.
Complete report: Pew Research Center