[00:00.00]The number of Americans who identify as white and Christian now represents less than 50 percent of the United States population.
[00:15.58]A new study says immigrants have driven the decrease along with a growing number of Americans who reject organized religion.
[00:28.74]The Public Religion Research Institute, or PRRI, did the study.
[00:36.46]It questioned more than 100,000 people between January 2016 and January 2017.
[00:47.50]It found that Christianity overall remains a large majority.
[00:54.93]Nearly 70 percent of Americans identify themselves as Christian.
[01:01.78]However, white Christians -- once dominant -- now make up only 43 percent of the national population.
[01:12.62]Forty years ago, about 80 percent of Americans were white Christians.
[01:19.47]Today, about 25 percent of Americans do not identify with a single religion, the study found.
[01:29.23]About 17 percent of Americans now identify as white evangelical Christians, compared to 23 percent 10 years ago.
[01:42.33]In the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump, a Republican, received 80 percent of the votes of white evangelicals.
[01:54.73]The PRRI study found that more than one-third of all Republicans say they are white evangelicals.
[02:04.39]And nearly 75 percent of Republicans identify themselves as white Christians.
[02:14.11]By comparison, about eight percent of Democrats call themselves white evangelicals.
[02:22.09]Almost 30 percent of Democrats identify as white Christians.
[02:28.20]And 40 percent of Democrats say they have no religious affiliation.
[02:35.62]The latest PRRI study also provided state-by-state details.
[02:42.73]It found that New York is the state with the greatest religious diversity.
[02:49.44]The southern state of Mississippi has the least religious diversity.
[02:56.11]The northeastern U.S. has long been where most of American Catholics live, and the northeastern state of Rhode Island remains the most Catholic state in the country.
[03:10.30]However, the Catholic population in the country is shifting, PRRI reports.
[03:18.19]A majority of Catholics in the U.S. now live in the south or west.
[03:25.37]The change comes from an increase in Latin American immigrants settling in those areas.
[03:33.24]I’m Ashley Thompson.