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Americans of all ages are now more likely to have no formal religion. This is strongest among millennials, though they grow more religious as they age.
Highly religious Americans are less likely than others to drink alcohol and are more likely to view drinking as morally unacceptable.
Declining confidence in organized religion likely reflects many factors, including clergy scandals and the religion-politics connection.
Church attendance has been edging down in the U.S., and a decline in "outstanding" local church leaders could be a factor.
American Catholics, about 23% of the U.S. adult population, remained positive about Pope Francis in early August, giving him a 78% favorable rating.
Americans' identification as born-again or evangelical has stayed remarkably stable since 1991, even as other indicators show Americans becoming less religious.