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Don't Believe in God? Maybe You'll Try UFOs

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THE LESS RELIGIOUS PEOPLE ARE, THE MORE LIKELY THEY ARE TO THINK ALIENS EXIST.

Are Americans becoming less religious? It depends on what you mean by “religious.”

Polls certainly indicate a decline in religious affiliation, practice and belief. Just a couple of decades ago, about 95 percent of Americans reported belonging to a religious group. This number is now around 75 percent. And far fewer are actively religious:

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