For the first time in its history, the United States does not have a Protestant majority, according to a study.
The percentage of Protestant adults in the US has reached a low of 48% — the first time the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has reported with certainty that the number has fallen below 50%.
The drop has long been anticipated and comes at a time when no Protestants are on the US Supreme Court and Republicans have their first Presidential ticket with no Protestant nominees.
Among the reasons for the change are the growth in non-denominational Christians who can no longer be categorised as Protestant, and a spike in the number of American adults who say they have no religion.
“Part of what's going on here is that the stigma associated with not being part of any religious community has declined,” said John Green, a specialist in religion and politics at the University of Akron, who advised Pew.