Survey: Most Americans No Longer Believe You Need God To Be Good

By Hemant Mehta

The Pew Research Center has found that more Americans than ever before believe that you don’t need to believe in God to be moral and have good values.

In 2011, only 49% of Americans believed you could be good without God. That number has since risen to 56%. More than half. That’s not insignificant.

And while you’d expect the number to rise as we witness the growth of the “Nones,” these numbers also reflect the changing opinions of religious people who are having a harder time maintaining the lie that religion is what makes somebody moral.

In fact, says Pew, with one (very slight and statistically meaningless) exception, every single religious demographic is more likely today to say you don’t need God to be good than they did six years ago.

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