Religiosity, Atheism and Nones: Rate of Atheism Being the Same in the USA and Saudi Arabia

As the believers continue to throw mud at each other and argue about who is right and wrong, many polls show that the religiosity is on the decline and atheism and the “Nones” are on the rise. Not saying there is a cause and effect but one wonders if the behaviour of the believers is contributing to the rising atheism and the Nones effect.

To be sure, the rate of atheism and the Nones (those who do not identify with a religion) remains low and the proportion of those who believe in God or a higher power remains substantially high in the USA and worldwide. However many polls by Pew research centre and WIN-Gallup international show that the atheism and those who are unaffiliated is on the rise.

WIN-Gallup conducted a large international study in 2012 (and compared it with a similar study from 2005) of over 50,000 people asking a simple question: “Irrespective of whether you attend a place of worship or not, would you say you are a religious person, not a religious persons or a convinced atheist?” Following is a brief summary from the poll.

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