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Many Americans Living in Mixed-religion Households

Ninety-five percent of Americans may believe in God, according to Gallup, but many family members may not be worshiping the same God in the same way.

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The 2001 study found that “of all households that contained either a married or domestic partner couple, 22% reported a mixture of religious identification amongst the couple.” That amounts to about 28 million Americans living in a mixed-religion household.
Episcopalians topped the list with 42 percent living in mixed-religion households. Following close behind were Buddhists (39 percent), non-denominational Christians (32 percent) and Jehovah’s Witnesses (30 percent).
Mormons had the lowest number of mixed-religion households at 12 percent. Baptists, evangelicals and members of the Churches of Christ, Assemblies of God and Church of God all had about 18 percent living in mixed-religion households.
Twenty-seven percent of Jews lived in mixed-religion households, while only 23 percent of Roman Catholics did.