American “Nones”, sex differences

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American Religious Identification Survey 2008 has a new survey, American Nones: The Profile of the No Religion Population. Not surprising, but interesting:

There are a couple of additional findings worth noting here. Looking at retention by gender, Nones are more likely to retain men than women: 66% of men who reported no religion at age 12 were Nones at the time of their participation in ARIS 2008, but only 47% of females who reported no religion at age 12 remained Nones. Of those who reported having a religion at age 12, 15% of men left while only 9% of women did. It appears that American women have a greater affinity for religion than men. And conversely men have greater affinity for secularity than women.

Also, 49% of male “Nones” are atheists & agnostics in terms of stated beliefs. 36% of female “Nones” are. In terms of asserting that one is an atheist or agnostic, 11% of male “Nones” admit to that, while 8% of females do.

Related: Male vs. female religiosity difference.

H/T Talk Islam

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  1. Help me out here: are males generally rewarded more for distinctive/risky/asocial behavior?

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