9. Based on interviews with a nationally representative sample of 3614 adults, the Barna survey focused on the three-quarters of adults 18 years of age or older who have been married at least once. Born again Christians who are not evangelical were indistinguishable from the national average on the matter of divorce: 33% have been married and divorced. Copyright Disclaimer: All the information contained on the barna.org website is copyrighted by The Barna Group, Ltd., 2368 Eastman Ave. Unit 12, Ventura, California 93003. Divorce rate no lower among the born again: A Barna study October 5, 2004 In one of George Barna’s largest national surveys on marriage and divorce, the pollster has confirmed previous findings that born-again Christian adults have the same likelihood of divorce (35 percent) as other Americans. Over the past four years, Barna has conducted 14,000+ interviews with the intention of tracking the ever-changing religious practices and beliefs of Americans. divorce rate amongst born-again Christians is significantly higher than that for atheist/agnostics. That means that among all Americans 18 years of age or older, whether they have been married or not, 25% have gone through a marital split. Barna Group research reveals the cultural and religious trends affecting your life everyday. Knowledge to navigate a changing world and advice you can trust to help you take the next steps. “Born again Christians” were defined in these surveys as people who said they have made “a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is still important in their life today” and who also indicated they believe that when they die they will go to Heaven because they had confessed their sins and had accepted Jesus Christ as their savior. The Barna surveys appear odd when it comes to “born again” Christians. Thirty percent of atheists and agnostics had been married and subsequently divorced. Discover our newest findings and read the team’s analysis here. Followers 0. LEARN MORE View More. Just half of the black segment (49%) disagreed with the survey statement compared to seven out of ten white adults (70%). But in some cases, even the most faithful are not immune to the specter of a failed marriage. Born again adults were twice as likely as non-born agains (24% vs. 10%) to strongly affirm this statement. Marriage and Divorce As Millennials Near 40, They’re Approaching Family Life Differently Than Previous Generations. First, the marriage rate: The Barna Research Group, an evangelical Christian organization that does surveys and research to better understand what Christians believe and how they behave, studied divorce rates in America in 1999 and found surprising evidence that divorce is far lower among atheists than among conservative Christians - exactly the opposite of what they were probably expecting. 38% of pastors said they were divorced or currently in a divorce process. Respondents were not asked to describe themselves as “evangelical.”. Also, the south is second in the nation in divorce. According to a new study from The Barna Group, releasing new statistics on marriage and divorce, most Americans get married at some point in their life: just one out of five adults (22%) has never been married. Marriage and Divorce As Millennials Near 40, They’re Approaching Family Life Differently Than Previous Generations. Christians Have Same Incidence of Divorce. This is about half of the rate among the general population. " They continue with other stats that they say "backed up" their stats. The Barna Research Group, Ltd. is an independent marketing research company located in southern California. Minimal statistical weighting was used to calibrate the aggregate sample to known population percentages in relation to several key demographic variables. For instance, the groups with the most prolific experience of marriage ending in divorce are downscale adults (39%), Baby Boomers (38%), those aligned with a non-Christian faith (38%), African-Americans (36%), and people who consider themselves to be liberal on social and political matters (37%). “Government statistics and a wealth of other research data have shown that co-habitation increases the likelihood of divorce, yet cohabiting is growing in popularity. The strange thing is, didn't the Barna Group also come out with a survey before this that said Evangelicals have the highest divorce rate, and atheists have the lowest, a few years ago? “Born-again Christians are more likely than others to experience a divorce.