The proportion of Americans who are members of a house of prayer fell below 50 percent for the first time in eighty years, according to a poll published by Gallup.
Membership in American churches has declined steadily over the past two decades.
Until 2000, church membership generally remained at around 70 percent when Gallup began measuring it in the 1930s.
In 2020, membership hit an all-time low of 47 percent.
“The decline in church membership is mainly due to an increase in the number of Americans who do not express any religious preferences,” Gallup said in his report. “Over the past two decades, the percentage of Americans who do not identify with any religion has grown from 8 percent in 1998-2000 to 13 percent in 2008-2010 and 21 percent in the past three years.”