(CP) – The percentage of Americans who say they belong to a church, synagogue or mosque has hit a historic low, a new Gallup report released Thursday shows. The new report analyzing religious membership of Americans have found that an average of 50 percent of Americans in 2018 said they belong or are members of a church or other religious institution.

This represents a 20-percentage-point decline in church membership over the past 20 years, and the lowest it has been since Gallup began polling the question in 1937. Previously church membership reported being at least 70 percent or more from the years 1937 through 1976. For Democrats, independents, Hispanics and men, fewer than half report being members of a church or other religious institution, according to the data. READ MORE

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