The Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life surveyed Americans whether having “more people who are not religious” is a good thing, a bad thing, or doesn’t matter for American society.
According to the nationwide survey, 48% say the growth of nonreligious is ad for society, versus 11% bad. But about four-in-ten (39%) say it does not make much difference. Even among adults who do not identify with any religion, only about a quarter (24%) say the trend is good, while nearly as many say it is bad (19%); a majority (55%) of the unaffiliated say it does not make much difference for society.
Members of all the major U.S. religious groups with large enough samples for analysis are more inclined to see this development as a bad than good thing for society.
Read the full results of the Pew Forum survey here.