Today's young people haven't stopped believing, but fewer are belonging—resisting political and religious labels that paint them into denominational, Democratic or Republican corners.
A recent study by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, a Washington-based think tank run by the nonprofit Pew Research Center, concluded that more than a quarter of Americans born after 1981 have no religious preference or affiliation. Fewer than 1 in 5 teens and 20-somethings frequent worship services.
But the study also reveals that young adults pray as often as their elders did at that age and share an equally strong faith in God.
Likewise, young adults' loyalty to the Democratic Party weakened notably in 2009, though their largely liberal values did not change. They still overwhelmingly believe that openly gay soldiers should be allowed to serve in the military and that the U.S. government should provide more support for its citizens.
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