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Report: US Protestants lose majority status

NEW YORK — For the first time in its history, the United States does not have a Protestant majority, according to a study. One reason: The number of Americans with no religious affiliation is on the rise.

The percentage of Protestant adults has reached a low of 48 percent, the first time that the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has reported with certainty that the number is below 50 percent. The drop, long anticipated, comes at a time when no Protestants are on the Supreme Court and Republicans have their first presidential ticket with no Protestant nominees.

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