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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - More and more of us seem to be losing faith. That's according to a new study on religion by the Pew Research Center. They have a name. Some call them "nones." They could be atheists - they believe there's no God - or they could be agnostics - they don't believe God exists, or they could just be unaffiliated with any religion.

But there's one segment of the population that's losing their religion more than anyone else: those under age 30. Troy Williams of Baltimore is 22 and not surprised. "The way the world is today, a lot of stuff is breaking apart, why not religion?" he said.

According to the Pew Research Center, one out of every fifth adult in this country is losing his or her religion. That's a 5% spike in the last five years. But, as the crowd gets younger, even more are just saying no. The study says one out of three under age 30 just doesn't believe.

Father Thomas Gaunt knows these statistics well. He studies stats that have to do with the Catholic faith at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University. "I think an unfortunate social impact is that people become more and more individualized, and with less and less a sense of a community and common value, common mission or understanding and support for one another," he said.

We reached out to other faith-based leaders for their thoughts, but didn't hear back. To test the study, I picked four people at random off the street. For the record, I'm a believer.

Deljit Bains of Northwest DC believes. "Well, I'm Sikh, and I have to say that it's a spiritual path that is accepting of all other paths and it just sort of provides for me a sense of peace," he said.


Troy Williams of Baltimore is also a believer who says, "I'm a Christian, my mom's a Christian, my dad's a Christian, so that's just something that's part of my life."

Alex Garcia of Wilmington, Delaware says his religion is important to him, "Because I do believe in God."


Aarron Womack of Wilmington, Delaware is 20 years old and one of the "nones." "I wasn't bought up around it, but I learn as I go."

It could be a coincidence that the numbers worked out, but Father Gaunt say with more and more of us losing our religion, some of us end up coming back. "A third of them are coming to church with some regularity and a fifth of them pray."


In this election season, it's important to note that in the past, the religiously unaffiliated tend to vote overwhelmingly for Democrats.

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