New report out today from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life: Asian Americans: A Mosaic of Faiths. This is the first comprehensive look at the nation’s fastest growing race group and their religious affiliation and traditions. Among the key findings:
- Asian Americans have been largely responsible for the growth of non-Abrahamic faiths in the U.S., particularly Buddhism and Hinduism (accounting together for about the same share of the U.S. public as Jews – roughly 2%).
- Most Asian Americans belong to the country’s two largest religious groups: Christians and people who say they have no particular religious affiliation.
- Each or the six largest subgroups of Asian Americans displays a different religious complexion. For example, a majority of U.S. Filipinos are Catholic, while a majority of Korean Americans are Protestant. See our slideshow on religious affiliation. http://pewrsr.ch/PlLgqq
- The Asian American community is a study in contrasts, from groups that are highly religious to highly secular; 76% say religion is not too important or not at all important in their lives, compared with 58% among unaffiliated U.S. adults as a whole. See our Beliefs and Practices slideshow: http://pewrsr.ch/LuGGRQ
- Asian Americans as a whole are less likely than Americans overall to believe in God and to pray on a daily basis, but these measures may not be good indicators of religion’s role in this population that includes Buddhists and others from non-theistic traditions.