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Aging baby boomers may foster a more religious America

January 2, 2013

As baby boomers enter senior living, experts have predicted the generation will have a considerable impact on everything from healthcare to Social Security. Recent analysis from Gallup suggests that they will also affect how religious the country is, according to the Deseret News.

The prediction comes from Gallup's editor-in-chief Frank Newport, who expects the boomer population to become increasingly spiritual as they become seniors. In fact, a recent survey from Gallup found that 69 percent of Americans identify as very or moderately religious, even as the number of people who identify with a particular sect or denominations has shrunk.

"We are going to be more religious in this country, but how that is manifest is the question," Newport, 64, told the newspaper. "We baby boomers have done some unusual things as we've moved on through the age spectrum over the decades."

Though Newport is confident that his predictions will come true, he is less sure of what impact a more religious population could have. One potential effect it could have is an increase in the number of seniors who volunteer or attempt to make a difference in society.