This blog has repeatedly drawn attention to recent studies that demonstrate Americans’ disinclination to identify with organized religion. Further evidence of this trend comes from the General Social Survey, a report published by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. According to its findings, twenty percent of Americans fall into this category, an increase of twelve percent since 1990. Analysis of the data also reveals that this group tends to be comprised of young, white men who self-identify as liberal and live in the Northeast, the Mountain states, and the West. The researchers noted, however, that these “nones” should not necessarily be equated with atheists, a group whose numbers remain rather static at three percent (a one percent increase since 1991).