"Washington (CNN) – Following a string of recent developments that suggest waning Protestant power – like the first Supreme Court with no Protestant justices, and a Protestant-free Republican presidential ticket – a new Pew survey finds that Protestants are no longer the majority in the United States.
The Protestant population has declined from 53% of the U.S. population in 2007 to 48% this year, according to the survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, released Tuesday. The results mark the first time since Pew has been tracking the country's religious demographics that the share of Protestant Christians in the United States has dipped significantly below 50%.
The largest decline among Protestant subgroups tracked by Pew was among white mainline Protestants, whose proportion of the population dropped 3 percentage points, from 18% to 15%. At the release of the Pew survey, John Green, a senior adviser at Pew, quoted historian Robert Wuthnow in characterizing the changes as part of a wider “restructuring of American religion.”
Survey: One in five Americans has no religion “The core of this phenomenon is many of the older distinctions that characterize American religion … are being replaced with a new kind of religion,” Green said. The study also found that the fastest growing "religious group" in the country is people who are not affiliated with any religion."
No surprises here, most of the Protestant churches are daughters anyhow and we know have fallen away. The numbers are dropping too because more and more people are becoming atheists and others who reject God.