White Christians, once the dominant religious group in the U.S., have dramatically lost their numbers. According to new research from the Public Religion Research Institute, White Christians now account for fewer than half of all adults living in America.
PRRI reports as recently as 2007, white Christians were the majority in 39 states, but today fewer than half of the states have majority white Christian populations. Today 43% of Americans identify as white Christians -- in 1976 it was 81%.
PRRI also discovered white Christians have become a minority in the Democratic Party. Today 29% of Democrats are white Christians as compared to 50% a decade earlier. As for the Republicans, 35% are white evangelical Protestant, which has stayed about the same for a decade.