Are Atheists 26% of the U.S. Population?

I recently came across, after first hearing about it on a couple of podcasts, a new study out of the University of Kentucky, concluding that 26% of the US population are Atheists although when directly asked, the numbers are much lower.  Are there far more Atheists out there who are just afraid to be open about it?  If so, that’s a wonderful thing to hear!  It gives me hope for the future of this country and a government that will one day govern on true secular values.  Here’s a link to an article on this that also includes other links for more info if you so desire.


One thought on “Are Atheists 26% of the U.S. Population?

  1. I’d agree the accuracy of a “survey” relies on the questions asked. I think depending on the demographic questioned, there’s a tendency to overestimate who’s an atheist and who isn’t. Christians in the US have a tendency to talk like they’re the oppressed minority among the godless hordes of atheists who work tirelessly to expunge god from the world, and atheists who’ve been pushing the rock uphill so long they’re too tired to write a blues tune about it.
    I think we’ll find it boils down to what “atheist” means to everybody and based on my experience, we’re a long way from consensus on that one.

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