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CHANGING MY RELIGION

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In 2001, more than 33 million adults (approximately 16 percent of the total adult population) reported that they had changed their religious identification or preference at some point in their lives, according to the 2001 American Religious Identification Survey, conducted by the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY).

LEAVING MY RELIGION

Less than 1 percent of Americans are Jehovah's Witnesses, and almost one-third of those born into that religion switch to another faith at some point in their lives.

RELIGION PERCENT OF AMERICANS WHO SELF-IDENTIFY PERCENT BORN INTO THE DENOMINATION WHO SWITCHED
Jehovah's Witness 0.6% 32%
Seventh Day Adventist 0.3% 27%
Methodist 6.8% 25%
Presbyterian 2.7% 25%
Episcopalian/Anglican 1.7% 23%
Buddhist 0.5% 23%
Church of God 0.5% 22%
Protestant 2.2% 20%
Lutheran 4.6% 19%
Pentecostal 2.1% 19%
Congregational/UCC 0.7% 18%

FINDING MY RELIGION

While Jehovah's Witnesses account for less than 1 percent of Americans, almost 2 in 5 of their membership joined the faith after being born into another religion.

RELIGION PERCENT OF AMERICANS WHO SELF-IDENTIFY PERCENT NOT BORN INTO THE RELIGION BUT SWITCHED TO IT
Jehovah's Witness 0.6% 39%
Evangelical/born-again 0.5% 37%
Seventh Day Adventist 0.3% 34%
Buddhist 0.5% 33%
Pentecostal 2.1% 30%
Nondenominational 1.2% 29%
Episcopalian/Anglican 1.7% 26%
Church of God 0.5% 26%
Presbyterian 2.7% 24%
No religion 14.1% 23%

Source: CUNY 2001 American Religious Identification Survey

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