Why do Americans hate the church?

As the nation’s faith community grapples with the rise of Donald Trump, there is a growing recognition among some Americans that religion is not only important, but sacred.

But a new survey of 1,000 Americans has found some surprising findings, including that while most of us feel like we know our faith, the vast majority don’t.

The survey, conducted by the Pew Research Center and the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, asked people their opinions on religion, politics and culture.

While a number of respondents said they knew their religion, it was still a mystery to them.

About a quarter of Americans (25%) said they were atheists, while another 27% said they felt their religion had no meaning or influence on their lives.

About 40% of Americans said they didn’t believe in God, while about one in 10 (9%) said their religion was a religion of their own.

But a larger share of Americans than ever said they had a strong sense of belonging to their faith community, with 58% saying they were very likely to be religious.

About one in five (18%) said that they were religious and had a religious experience, with a similar share saying they had no religious experience at all.

About two-thirds of Americans reported that they had read a religious book, with one in three (34%) saying they have read a book by someone of other faiths.

More than three-quarters of Americans, including those who said they believed in God at some point in their lives, identified as atheists.

About four-in-ten Americans (39%) said religion is more important than politics and that the American people should prioritize religious freedom, while two-in‑five (23%) said religious freedom is less important than the two.

The numbers are striking because most Americans have grown more aware of religion in the last decade.

About 70% of adults say religion is very important in their daily lives, and more than one-third say they attend religious services regularly.

However, a large majority of Americans also say they don’t have a strong feeling of belonging in their own religion, with only 14% of those who identify as religious saying they felt that way.

About seven in ten Americans (71%) said it was difficult for them to connect with others who were not religious.

More Americans are now speaking out against discrimination against gays and lesbians than ever before, and the number of Americans who say religion was not important in how they felt about their lives has grown.

More respondents now say that their religion is a part of who they are than in the past, and one in seven (13%) say they believe in a God who does not exist.

About half (52%) of Americans report that they are not religious, while more than a third (36%) say religion has no meaning to them, and another 14% say religion does not have any influence on how they live their lives or the way they live.

The Pew survey was conducted June 21-26 among 1,004 adults, including 1,009 who said that religion was their “most important” religion, 1,016 who said religion was “not at all” important, 1