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LDS Divorce Rate at U.S. National Average
Birmingham AL News 30Dec99 N1
By Greg Garrison: News staff writer

The Barna Research Group released a new study of divorce December 21st, discovering that Christians are more likely to divorce than non-Christians, and that LDS Church members are no different than the national average, with 24% of marriages ending in divorce.

The data comes from Barna's survey interviews of nearly 4000 adults in the United States, which indicate that while just 11% are currently divorced, a full 25% either are or have been divorced and are now married again. Among born again Christians 27% are currently or have previously been divorced, compared to 24% of those that are not 'born again.' Barna says that the difference is statistically significant because of the large sample size.

Barna's research also indicates that atheists and agnostics are below the norm, with just 21% currently or have previously been divorced.

As a market research company serving the "Christian" market, Barna classifies Mormons as non-Christians, along with Jews, atheists and agnostics. It estimates the sampling error for the aggregate data at + or - 2 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.

The survey information and press release is available on line at Barna's web site:


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