A recent Pew Research report indicates that atheism rose considerably in America during Barack Obama’s tenure as president.
The report states:
When it comes to the nation’s religious identity, the biggest trend during Obama’s presidency is the rise of those who claim no religion at all. Those who self-identify as atheists or agnostics, as well as those who say their religion is “nothing in particular,” now make up nearly a quarter of the U.S. adult population, up from 16% in 2007.
The report adds, “Those who self-identify as atheists or agnostics, as well as those who say their religion is “nothing in particular,” now make up nearly a quarter of the U.S. adult population, up from 16% in 2007.”
As Pew reported in late 2015, “The share of Americans who say they are ‘absolutely certain’ God exists has dropped more sharply, from 71% in 2007 to 63% in 2014.” The current Pew report points out that those identifying as Christians have dropped from 78% of the Aerican population when Obama was inaugurated to 71% currently. The report adds:
Due largely to the growth of those who don’t identify with any religion, the shares of Americans who say they believe in God, consider religion to be very important in their lives, say they pray daily and say they attend religious services at least monthly have all ticked downward in recent years,” the report goes on to note.
It's not surprising atheism has risen under Obama, with his attacks on the religious community. He also has made a point of acknowledging atheists repeatedly, as in his first inaugural address, when he said, “For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers.”
In 2006, Obama stated, “Given the increasing diversity of America’s population, the dangers of sectarianism have never been greater. Whatever we once were, we are no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.”