C., for the “Reason Rally,” here are key facts about atheists and their beliefs: The share of Americans who identify as atheists has roughly doubled in the past several years. Atheists also are more likely to be white (78% are Caucasian vs.
Pew Research Center’s 2014 Religious Landscape Study found that 3.1% of American adults say they are atheists when asked about their religious identity, up from 1.6% in a similarly large survey in 2007. 66% for the general public) and highly educated: About four-in-ten atheists (43%) have a college degree, compared with 27% of the general public.
Three-in-ten (31%) say they feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being at least weekly.
A similar share (35%) often thinks about the meaning and purpose of life. Christians to say they often feel a sense of wonder about the universe (54% vs. In the 2014 Religious Landscape Study, self-identified atheists were asked how often they share their views on God and religion with religious people.
Unsurprisingly, more than nine-in-ten self-identified atheists say religion is not too or not at all important in their lives, and nearly all (97%) say they seldom or never pray.