Latinos are leaving the Catholic faith, poll says

According to a Pew Research Center report, the number of Latinos who identify as Catholics has dropped 12 percentage points from 2010 to 2013.

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 2:50 p.m.

Latinos are leaving the Catholic faith, according to a Pew Research Center report released May 7.

In 2010, Pew reported that 67 percent of Latino Americans identified as Catholics. But in 2013, 55 percent identified as Catholics, out of the nation’s estimated 35.4 million Latino adults. The decline is most notable in Latinos who are younger than 50.

The report, titled “The Shifting Religious Identity of Latinos in the United States,” also shows that 22 percent identify as Protestant and 18 percent identify as religiously unaffiliated.

Six reasons for leaving were identified on the survey. Of those six, 55 percent said they “drifted away” from the religion, and 52 percent said they no longer believed the teachings, according to the report.

Overall, Catholicism still is the country’s largest denomination.

The survey was conducted May 24-July 28, 2013, by phone with a sample of 5,103 Hispanic adults in the U.S.

Do these results surprise you? If you have left the church, why did you make that decision?

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