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Poll: Nearly 80 Percent of Americans are Christian

(RNS) As Christmas nears, more than three-quarters of Americans identify themselves as Christian, Gallup reports.
Pollsters found that 78 percent of Americans identify with Christianity.

Overall, more than 82 percent of Americans have a religious identity, with this breakdown:

—Protestant/other Christian: 52.5 percent

—Catholic: 23.6 percent

—Mormon: 1.9 percent

—Jewish: 1.6 percent

—Muslim: 0.5 percent

—Other non-Christian religion: 2.4 percent

—None/atheist/agnostic: 15 percent

—No response:  2.5 percent

The findings fit the trend of an increasing percentage of Americans who do not embrace a formal religious identity. In 1951, 1 percent of Americans did not have a religious identity, compared to 24 percent identifying as Catholic and 68 percent claiming a non-Catholic Christian faith.

Gallup found earlier this year that 92 percent of Americans say they believe in God, which suggests that a lack of religious identity is not necessarily linked to atheism.

The results of the religious preference survey are based on 327,244 interviews conducted between January and November 2011. The margin of error for that sample is plus or minus 1 percentage point.