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PolitiFact: Is religion gaining new life in America?

  • Vice President Mike Pence (center) and others bow their heads as Pence’s wife, Karen, prays during a visit to the First Baptist Church of Rockport in Rockport, Texas, on Aug. 31. AP file



PolitiFact staff
Friday, May 18, 2018

In a speech at Hillsdale College on May 12, Vice President Mike Pence said: “Religion in America isn’t receding. It’s just the opposite. Faith is gaining new life across America every day.”

Our ruling

Pence said, “Religion in America isn’t receding. It’s just the opposite. Faith is gaining new life across America every day.”

The data on religion in the United States has been fairly consistent over the past four decades. The share of the population that is more strongly religious is holding steady, providing Pence some support. However, the share who consider themselves only modestly religious is in a long-term decline, and the share without any religious affiliation is growing.

We rate the statement Half True.

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