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Poll explores faith life of college students

Poll explores faith life of college students

A new poll shows that college students are almost evenly divided into three camps when it comes to faith. About a third, 32%, are true believers. Another 32% are spiritual but not religious. And 28% consider themselves secular.

USA Today:

Researchers from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., asked students nationwide a series of questions about their spiritual, political and moral values, ranging from belief in God and worship attendance to climate change and same-sex marriage.

About 70% of the religious students were Christian, as were about 43% of the spiritual students.

Most of the secular students, and about a third of the spiritual students, were so-called “nones” – those with no religious identity, said researchers Barry Kosmin and Ariela Keysar.

While very few Americans identify as atheists or agnostics, a growing number fall into the “none” category. Polling from the Pew Research Center found the number of “nones” among all Americans grew from about 15% in 2007 to just under 20% in 2012.

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