Too Little Influence More than half of Americans think the Bible has too little influence on a culture they see in moral decline, yet only 1 in 5 read it on a regular basis, according to a new American Bible Society survey. 88% of respondents own a Bible, 80% think the Bible is sacred, 61% wish they read the Bible more, and the average household has 4.4 Bibles. Just 57% of those 18-28 read their Bibles less than 3 times a year, if at all. (RNS 4/4/13)
Worldview Differentiation The Worldview Measurement Project, conducted by the American Culture and Faith Institute, reveals Millennials are by far the generation least likely to possess a biblical worldview. While 16% of those in the Boomer and Builder generations possess such an outlook, just 7% of Baby Busters and 4% of Millennials do so. For instance: Only 59% of Millennials consider themselves to be Christian vs. 72% of adults from older generations. 18% of adults 30 or older claim to be in the atheist-agnostic-none faith preference category while 28% of Millennials embrace that category. 33% of older adults are born again Christians vs. 20% of Millennials. (American Culture & Faith Institute 3/15/17)
The Goodness Factor One of the core philosophies of postmodern society is that people are essentially good. Survey data from American Culture and Faith Institute show 74% of Americans have adopted that view. However, that is not a creed Spiritually Active, Governance Engaged Conservatives (SAGE Cons) typically endorse. Driven by their Bible beliefs, almost the exact opposite proportion, 76% say people are not basically good. A huge majority of SAGE Cons accept the biblical narrative that all people are sinners and no one is righteous, raising the need for everyone to have a savior to represent them before a holy and righteous God who will judge their lives. They believe Jesus Christ is that savior. Only 20% of SAGE Cons who attend a Protestant church believe people are basically good vs. 81% who are Catholics. (American Culture & Faith Institute 2/8/17)
Many Other Countries Reject Evolution About 40% of people in Latin America (including Ecuador, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic) say humans and other living things have always existed in their present form. This is true even though the official teachings of Catholicism, which is the majority religion in the region, do not reject evolution. Meanwhile, Muslims in many nations are divided on the topic, although majorities of Muslims in Afghanistan, Indonesia and Iraq reject evolution. (Pew Fact Tank 2/10/17)
Who Is Your Neighbor? According to the General Social Survey, only about 20% of Americans spend time regularly with their neighbors; while a third say they’ve never interacted with them. Just 4 decades ago, however, one-third of Americans hung out with neighbors at least two times a week. Only a fourth reported having no interaction. The Pew Research Center in ‛10, meanwhile, found that while 43% of Americans know most or all of their neighbors, nearly a third know none of them by name. (LifeSite News 3/9/17)
Pew’s Updated “Feeling Thermometer” shows increases in the rating of 7 religions on a scale from 0 to 100. Muslims now have a mean rating of 48, up 8 degrees from 3 years ago. Mormons, Hindus, Buddhists and atheists also saw their ratings rise by more than 5 degrees. Evangelical Christians were the one exception in that their rating hasn’t changed, but remains a pretty warm 61 degrees. (Deseret News 2/15/17)
Only a Minority of Americans fully accept evolution through natural selection. 62% of U.S. adults say humans have evolved over time, according to data from Pew’s Religious Landscape Study. But only 33% of all Americans express the belief humans and other living things evolved solely due to natural processes. 25% of U.S. adults say evolution was guided by a supreme being. The same survey found 34% of Americans reject evolution entirely, saying humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time. (Pew Fact Tank 2/10/17)
American Culture is Broken 95% of Spiritually Active, Governance Engaged Christian conservatives (SAGE Cons) indicate they are not satisfied with the current state of American culture. Less than 1% said they are either “extremely” or “very” satisfied with today’s culture. The other 5% admitted they are somewhat satisfied. That extreme level of dissatisfaction fits with their concern about the direction of the country; the ineffective performance of government; their disappointment and lack of trust related to major social institutions; and their worries about the state of the family. The most common terms selected by respondents to convey their view of the present culture were “self-indulgent” (chosen by 96%), “selfish” (94%,) “intolerant” (84%) and “mean-spirited” (82%), “fast-paced” (65%), “corrupt” (61%) and “decadent” (59%). (American Culture & Faith Institute 2/15/17)
Are Science & Faith in Conflict? 59% of Americans say science and religion are often in conflict, but those more religiously observant are less likely than others to see this clash, according to a ‛15 Pew Research Center Survey. Among those who attend church at least once a week, 50% view religion and science as in conflict, vs. 73% of those who seldom or never attend house of worship. At the same time, 68% say their own personal religious beliefs do not clash with accepted scientific doctrine. (Pew Fact Tank 2/10/17)
Extreme Muslim Support in the U.S. According to Pew Research, 40% Americans say there is not much support for extremism among U.S. Muslims, while an additional 15% say there is none and 24% say there is a fair amount. Among Muslims, 11% say there is a great deal of support. Today 54% of U.S. adults say there is not much or no support for extremism among U.S. Muslims vs. 45% in ‛11. 68% of college-educated adults think there is not much or no support vs. 48% of those without a college degree. (Pew Research Center 2/16/17)
How many Muslims are there? There were 1.6 billion Muslims in the world as of ‛10 , roughly 23% of the global population – according to a Pew Research Center estimate. If current demographic trends continue, the number of Muslims is expected to exceed the number of Christians by the end of this century. Indonesia is currently the country with the world’s largest Muslim population, but Pew Research Center projects India will have that distinction by the year 2050. In ‛15, Pew estimates there were 3.3 million Muslims in the U.S., or about 1% of the population and projects they will make up 2.1% by the year 2050. The two major factors behind the rapid projected growth of Islam are; each Muslim woman has an average of 3.1 children vs. 2.3 for all other groups combined and Muslims are the youngest of all major religious groups, 7 years younger than the median age of non-Muslims. (Pew Fact Tank 2/27/17)
Faith and Health There is a rich body of peer-reviewed research telling us that faith is closely associated with significant improvements in one’s overall health and well-being. A new book, Spirituality and Religion Within the Culture of Medicine, to be published in late May by Oxford University Press, adds to this knowledge. Research included in the book, According to recent research conducted at Harvard’s School of Public Health, couples who attend church weekly are 47% less likely to divorce than those who do not or seldom attend. Weekly attenders are 29% less likely to suffer from general depression. Weekly attenders experience a 33% reduction in overall mortality. Weekly attenders are dramatically less likely to commit suicide. (Pulse Check 3/13/17)
Pastors Are Getting Older In ‛92, the median age of U.S. Protestant clergy was 44, 33% were under 40, 25% were over 55 and just 6% were 65 or older. Today, the average age is 54 with 14% under 40, and 50% over 55. The percentage of church leaders 65 and older has nearly tripled, meaning there are now more pastors in the oldest age bracket than there are leaders younger than 40. (Barna 3/1/17)
Do Pastors Have Close Friends? Two-thirds of American pastors are happy with their friendships, rating their satisfaction in that area of their lives as either excellent (34%) or good (33%). This is on par with or only slightly better than American adults overall (28% excellent, 33% good). (Barna.com 2/15/17)
More Female Pastors According to the Barna Group 1 of every 11 Protestant pastors in the U.S. is a woman, triple the number 25 years ago. Typically women often lead smaller congregations than men. (ChristianityToday.com 2/27/17)
With Whom Do Pastors Lead Their Church? Most pastors say they are primarily responsible for setting the vision and direction of the church (60%) or are part of a team that develops the vision and direction together (35%). Most do not lead alone. 80% report to a board of elders or similar group of laypeople. 67% of pastors say their board is “hugely supportive” of them as a pastor, 60% describe the relationship as generating “healthy accountability” and 57% indicate they have “clear and shared vision and values.” Pastors of 250 or more adults are twice as likely as leaders in smaller churches to say their relationship with elders is a powerful partnership (64% vs. 34%). Those who lead growing churches are also more likely than leaders of shrinking congregations to feel their pastor-elders relationship is a powerful partnership (52% vs. 36%). (Barna.com 2/15/17)
Christians Fighting Homelessness Baylor Univ. researchers have discovered that faith-based organizations’ relational approach leads to a deeper understanding of the complexity of homelessness and better outcomes for their clients and cities. Ministries provide 60% of emergency shelter spots available in 11 major American cities, and the more faith-based shelters operating, the smaller its homeless population, finds a new Baylor Univ. study. In the 11 locations studied (Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Omaha, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, and Seattle), faith-based nonprofits were particularly effective at reducing the homeless population, and saved taxpayers an estimated $119 million with their care and training. (CT Gleanings 3/6/17)
Missing the Mark A ‛13 LifeWay Research study asked regular protestant church attenders how often they read the Bible outside of church. While 19% answered “every day,” 18% said rarely/never, 25% said a few times a week, and the rest answered “occasionally.” Interestingly, 90 percent of this same group said, “I desire to please and honor Jesus in all that I do.” Yet, more often than not, the world, our feelings, and/or our emotions direct us one way and God’s word another. What our culture deems acceptable and what God says is acceptable often conflict. It’s not just that we don’t know our Bible but that we have so fragmented, dissected, and compartmentalized the Bible that we have lost sight of its great overarching story. As a result, bits and pieces of the Bible are absorbed into the prevailing cultural story, which then supplants the authority of the Bible in shaping our lives. Only the uniﬁed biblical narrative has the authority to help us withstand the countervailing humanist narrative currently shaping our culture. (Institute for Faith, Work & Economics 3/13/17)
Women Least Accepted in Ministry Though large numbers of Americans embrace the presence of female leadership at work and in politics, they are least comfortable, comparatively, with women leading the church. Yet, 79% are accepting of a female priest or pastor. More women than men are comfortable with a female in the pulpit (84% vs. 75%). Evangelicals by definition have a more traditional interpretation of the scriptures, particularly concerning female ordination, and so express by far the lowest levels of comfort (39%). Practicing Christians were more affirming (62%). Catholics (80%) are slightly more comfortable with a female priest or pastor than Protestants (74%). (Barna 3/8/27)
What Causes Lower Bible Engagement? 58% of U.S. adults who say their Bible reading decreased in the last year report being too busy with life’s responsibilities (job, family, etc.). This is up from 40% in ‛14 according to a new Barna study for the American Bible Society. Other factors cited for less time reading the Scriptures include becoming atheist or agnostic (17%), deciding to leave the church altogether (17%), going through a difficult experience that caused them to doubt their faith (or God, or the Bible) (12%) or experiencing a significant change such as a job loss or death in the family (8%). Less impactful are seeing how reading the Bible made very little difference in the life of someone they know (6%) and being converted to another faith (5%). (Barna 1/18/17)
Education and Spiritual Growth A crucial form of spiritual growth is education, or more specifically, studying the Bible. Black Christians, generally demonstrate a higher regard for and deeper devotion to Scripture. They’re more likely to believe the Bible is “totally accurate in all of the principles it teaches” (59% vs. 48% of white Christians), a belief that translates into more consistent and frequent Bible study (63% vs. 45%) and Scripture memorization (46% vs. 16%). Black church leaders are also more likely than their white counterparts to believe “teaching the Word in weekly services” (90% vs. 80%) and “memorizing Scripture” (75% vs. 63%) will have a “significant impact on developing disciples.” (Barna Research 1/12/17)
Churches Part Ways for Many Reasons Sometimes a church must close a campus. In other cases, they start a spinoff campus or church. 1 in 5 churches has experienced a closing or cutting of ties with a campus. Low attendance is by far the most common reason for closing a campus, with 82% of those who have done so citing this reason. But other common challenges include leadership issues or turnover (32%) or financial problems (29% say the campus is expensive to maintain, 21% cite insufficient giving). When a church cuts ties with a campus, one common challenge is a campus’ vision diverting from that of the sending church (35%). However, a separation is most likely to occur due to success: 48% part ways after becoming self-sustaining and autonomous. (Barna 2/2/17)
Markers of Especially Welcoming Churches 1. They place the right people in hospitality. 2. They communicate intentionally and strategically. 3. They take security seriously. 4. They have an efficient children’s check-in process. 5. They think through the response after the sermon. 6. They are intentional about following up with guests. (CT Pastors 2/13/17)
Most Americans Give Up Lent 76% of Americans say they don’t typically observe Lent, according to a recent LifeWay Research survey. Lent traditionally lasts for 40 days excluding Sundays. Catholics (61%) remain most likely to observe Lent. Protestants (20%) and those with evangelical beliefs (28%) are less likely. 43% of those who attend church at least once a month observe Lent. That includes 82% of Catholics who regularly attend service as well as 30% of Protestants. Americans over 55 are more likely to observe Lent (30%) than those under 55 (20%). (Baptist Press 2/15/17)
Bible Reading Is Generally Stable Americans when asked if their personal use of the Bible has increased, decreased or stayed about the same as a year ago, 23% say it increased while 8% say it decreased and 66% report it stayed about the same. The findings over the past 5 years are very similar. There are definitely increases in the amount of people reporting stable Bible reading habits (66% in ‛16 compared to 58% in ‛12). Higher than average rates of increases are reported among females (26%), those from lower income (<50K) households (26%), black Americans (42%) and southerners (29%), and the more obvious groups like born-again Christians (40%), Protestants (33%), practicing Christians (44%) and very-active church attenders (42%). The biggest decrease in Bible reading in the last year includes Millennials (11%), atheists and agnostics (10%), those who are much less active church attenders (16%) and again, black Americans (11%), who appear to be existing more on the extremes of usage. (Barna 1/18/17)
Divorce Leads to Skepticism 56% of Protestant pastors say they’d believe domestic violence was really present if a member claimed domestic violence and 60% would investigate the claims while 1% would doubt such violence took place. The study showed 43% of pastors are unwilling to say whether or not they believe abuse took place. A previous LifeWay study found 40% of Protestant pastors rarely or never addressed the issue and another 22% do so once a year. According to LifeWay Research, 59% of pastors believe divorce may be the best option. Just 3% say couples should not divorce in cases of domestic violence. (Baptist Press 2/21/17)
Lost Sheep 34% of U.S. senior pastors with children 15 and older says at least one of their kids is no longer actively involved in church and 7% have a child who no longer considers themselves a Christian. (Barna.com 2/15/17)
Kids Value What Their Parents Value Harvard psychologist and founder of Making Caring Common, Richard Weissbourd, argue the key to fostering moral development is to focus on your actions and not words alone. In survey of 10,000 diverse middle and high school students from 33 U.S. schools across the nation seemed to echo what they thought their parents and teachers valued more: When asked, 48% chose achievement as their top value, 30% chose happiness, and only 22% chose caring as a top priority. Students were 3 times more likely to agree than disagree with this statement: “My parents are prouder if I get good grades in my classes than if I’m a caring community member in class and school.” About 80% said their parents are more concerned with their kids’ achievement or personal happiness than whether they care for others in their community or school. And when asked, school administrators, teachers, and staff agreed that parents prioritize achievement over caring—by 80%. There’s a gap between what adults say and what message they actually convey with their behavior. Adults’ actual lived values are being reflected back to them in the behavior of their kids. (CT Online 3/13/17)
Ministry & Pastors’ Families According to a recent major study by Barna and Pepperdine Univ., 96% of married U.S. pastors are satisfied with their spousal relationship. 70% say it is excellent, and 26% consider it good. This compares with 46% of all married American adults that rate their marriage as excellent and 35% as good. They also divorce at lower rates: About 10% of Protestant pastors have ever been divorced vs. 27% of all U.S. adults. 83% of those earning less than $40,000 a year rate their marital satisfaction as excellent. Pastors with children under 18 (35% of all pastors) are also enthusiastic about their relationship with their kids. 60% view it as excellent and 36% as good. This compares with 46% of all U.S. parents in the U.S., less than half say their relationship with their children is excellent (46%) and three in 10 say it’s good (32%). (Barna.com 2/15/17)
Fewer Americans Married The number of married Americans is at its lowest point since 1920. In ‛16, the median age for men marrying was 29.5 and for women 27.4. 72 % of Americans over 18 were married in 1960 vs. only about half today. Research also found that 8% of adults are cohabiting and 11% described themselves as being in a “committed relationship.” (ChurchLeaders.com 2/14/17)
Irreconcilable” Differences A nationwide American Culture & Faith Institute survey of adults that measured how many people have a biblical worldview discovered people who are politically conservative are more than twice as likely as those who are politically liberal to have biblical positions on the 20 belief indicators tested. In addition, political conservatives are about 60% more likely to hold biblical positions on those indicators than are those who qualify as politically moderate. Among the findings: Saying that God is the all-powerful, all-knowing, perfect creator of the universe who still rules it today (a 43 percentage point difference between conservatives and liberals). Strongly agreeing the main purpose of life is to know, love, and serve God (40-point gap). Asserting everyone is a sinner in need of a savior, repentance and forgiveness (39-point gap). Believing the Bible is the Word of God, with no errors (38-point gap). Strongly disagreeing Satan does not exist but is just a symbol of evil (36-point gap). Saying God created human beings in what is pretty much their present form, just as the Bible says (34-point gap). Strongly agreeing the Bible is totally accurate in the life principles it conveys (33-point gap). Believing God is aware of everything happening and remains actively involved in peoples’ lives (33-point gap). Believing the Bible is the most reliable source of absolute moral truth (32-point gap). Believing the most important indicator of personal success in life is one’s commitment and obedience to God (31-point gap). Believing success is best indicated by commitment and obedience to God (31-point gap). Firmly asserting their religious faith is very important to them (31-point gap). Contending there are moral absolutes that are unchanging (30-point gap). Saying it is very important to be engaged in developing a deeper relationship with God (27-point gap). Saying it is very important to increase their personal understanding of God’s ways, as described in the Bible (27-point gap). (American Culture & Faith Institute 3/8/17)
America’s Ideology Gap A recent American Culture and Faith Institute survey asked respondents to place themselves on an ideological continuum related to both fiscal issues and social issues. 58% of adults fell into the politically moderate category, 25% were conservative and 17% liberal. Americans are currently more conservative on fiscal matters (40%) than on social issues (34%). They are nearly twice as likely to claim to be liberal on social matters (36%) as in relation to fiscal issues (22%). Other findings include: 81% support traditional values, 74% believe all people are basically good, 66% believe having faith matters more than what faith a person has, 49% are pro-life advocates, 48% support same-sex marriage, 46% have a biblical worldview, 37% prefer socialism to capitalism, 35% are born-again Christians, 32% are evangelical Christians, 28% own a gun and 8% are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender. (American Culture & Faith Institute 2/22/17)
Dunbar’s Number Oxford Univ.’s evolutionary scientist Robin Dunbar has proven that each human is surprisingly consistent in the number of social ties we can maintain: About 5 with intimate friends, 50 with good friends, 150 with friends and 1,500 with people we could recognize by name. That is known as “Dunbar’s number.” Dunbar thinks laughter, singing and religion are the key to explaining humans’ remarkable social networks. (New York Post 2/27/17)
Rags to Riches According to the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee, the fashion industry brings in $1.2 trillion per year, with $250 billion from the U.S. alone. According to Fast Company, the fashion industry produces 150 billion pieces of clothing per year. (The Culture Trip 2/13/17)
Worry Rate Up Americans’ emotional health has suffered since the ‛16 election. The average percentage experiencing worry on any given day has increased 4.1 percentage points to 33.3% since early November. Higher levels of worry were first evident after the November Presidential election, but they continued to rise in January and grew more in the first month of Trump’s presidency. (Gallup 3/1/17)
Hurdles Women Face in the Workplace 53% of Americans think significant obstacles still make it harder for women to get ahead than men (53%). 30% believe those obstacles are largely gone. Women are more likely to believe those obstacles exist than men (59% vs. 46%). Boomers are just as likely as Millennials to believe obstacles still exist (58% and 57%). Evangelicals are the most skeptical of the existence of workplace barriers for women. 32%, fewer than any other segment, believe significant obstacles still exist.
Women believe fair pay (67%), equal opportunity for promotion (56%) and maintaining a work/life balance (41%) are the most important issues facing working women. Yet, 94% of U.S. adults are comfortable with a female CEO (97% of women and 90% of men). Just 77% of evangelicals share this comfort. (Barna 3/8/27)
Science Confirms that human life begins at conception (fertilization). In their latest edition of The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology, professors Keith Moore, TVN Persaud, and Mark Torchia shed significant light on the development of the human person – and they don’t shy away from the reality of when life begins. Here are 5 revealing quotes on fetal development: “Human development begins at fertilization when a sperm fuses with an oocyte to form a single cell, the zygote.” “All major external and internal structures are established during the 4th to 8th weeks.” “Upper limb buds are recognizable at day 26 or 27.” “Embryos in the 6th week show spontaneous movements.” “By the end of week 8, the embryo has distinct human characteristics.” (The Pulse 3/10/17)
No to Online Dating Overall, 28% of U.S. adults have either tried online dating once or twice (14%), use it regularly (5%), or have used it previously, but not anymore (9%). But 72% of U.S. adults haven’t tried it at all, and 52% would never do so. Of those who have never tried it, 16% are still open to it. Gen-Xers (7%) and Millennials (6%) are the most regular users and Gen-Xers are also more likely to have tried it (37%) than any other age group. 75% say they would never use online dating. (Barna Research 2/9/17)
Purposeless Youth Only 1 in 5 American young people in the 12 to 22 age range express a clear vision of where they want to go and what they want to accomplish and why. Almost a quarter express no aspirations at all and in some cases, see no point in acquiring any. (The Path to Purpose: How Young People Find Their Calling in Life, William Damon, New York: Free Press, 2009)
Americans Like Their Politicians to have strong religious convictions. 62% agree “it’s important to me that a President has strong religious beliefs.” And 47% also say they want churches and other houses of worship to speak out on social and political topics while 49% say churches should stay out of social and political topics. 66% expressed opposition to church endorsements of candidates. (Pew Fact Tank 2/3/17)
Why So Few Good Paying Jobs? One big reason for the lack of good-paying jobs in the U.S. is the decrease in new employer startups. In ‛06, about 558,000 new employer businesses were created, as opposed to about 385,000 in ‛10 and 404,000 in ‛13. This represents a decline of about 28% from ‛06 to ‛13. The decline spans almost all industries and sectors, and there could be many reasons for it: unfriendly regulations, lack of access to credit, general economic uncertainty, or lower demand for goods and services in the economy. The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago calculated that if the new business entry rate had stayed at pre-‛06 levels, 1.7 million more jobs would have been created as of March ‛11. (Gallup 1/31/17)
People & Transitions:
- Doug Coe, 88, Washington DC pastor and initiator for the annual National Prayer Breakfast, died 2/21/17.
- H. Wilbert Norton, 102, leader in Christian higher education missions’ focus, died 2/27/17.
- 74% of Americans disagree that even the smallest sin deserves eternal damnation.
- 66% of Americans believe God continues to answer specific prayers.
- 58% of Americans disagree that there is little value in studying or reciting historical Christian creeds and confessions.
- The Evangelical population grew by about 5 million from ‛07 to ‛14.
- 77% of Americans think the nation’s morality is headed downhill.
- About 11% of U.S. adults claim to read the Bible on a daily basis.
- More than 100 million adults (46%) in America claim to have a biblical worldview.
- Evangelicals make up only about 10% of Canada’s population, compared to 25% in the U.S.
- 52% of Americans believe they can partly contribute to their earning a place in heaven by doing good deeds.
- 29% of church-going young adults ages 18-34 and a whopping 41% of non-church-goers interact with other young adults while shopping.
- 60% of Americans believe Christ’s death on the cross is the only sacrifice that could remove the penalty of sin.
- 59% of Americans believe worshiping alone or with a family is a valid replacement for regularly attending church.
- 62% of Americans disagree that their local church has the authority to withhold the Lord’s Supper and exclude them from church fellowship.
- 65% Americans believe everyone sins a little, but most people are by nature good, 29% disagree.
- Pew Center for Research reports 5.9 million Americans ages 25-34 live with their parents, up 25% from ‛07.
- 57% of likely U.S. Voters believe the $42.4 billion the U.S. government is slated to give in economic and military aid to other countries this year is too much.
- 79% of business professionals say ‘they never’ agree with co-workers political stances to avoid workplace disagreements.
- There are 923 words in the English language that break the “I before E” rule. Only 44 words actually follow that rule.
- In ‛16, SUV’s became the best-selling auto market segment beating out sedans for the first time ever.
- The average lifespan of an eyelash is 150 days.
- According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, more than 700,000 people were considered homeless on any given day in America, many of them veterans.
- 23% of U.S. adults are at least somewhat concerned the IRS will audit their taxes this year, with 7% very concerned. Significantly up from 14% and 3% last year respectively.
- 69% of Americans say physicians should be allowed to assist terminally ill patients in ending their lives. 31% disagree.
- By 2065, 1 in 3 Americans will be an immigrant or have immigrant parents, compared with about 1 in 4 today.
- Most people spend about 5 years of their lives eating.
- Contemporary young adults are approximately 10 times more likely than their parents to be depressed.
- Today, two-thirds of all young adults live for a time with a romantic partner without being married.
- Young people today go through an average of 7 jobs in their 20s.
- Over the past 20 years the survival rate for babies born before 28 weeks (more than 4 months early) has doubled.
- 98% of scientists connected to the American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science say they believe humans evolved over time.