Take the First-Ever Secular Communities Survey


The Secular Communities Survey is the largest-ever study of the community life of secular and nonreligious people in the United States. The survey also measures people’s political views and their degree of civic engagement.


From the survey creators: Though we know there are about 1,400 local communities for nonbelievers in the United States, few researchers have considered them when thinking about community life. At a time when more Americans than ever identify as having no religion, it is imperative to include them in surveys interested in civic engagement, prosocial values, and politics. The Secular Communities Survey meets this need in concert with our sister study, the Meaning of Religion project, which takes a broader focus on the transmission of values across generations.

If you are a member of a secular community, we hope that you’ll participate in our survey and that you’ll encourage members of your community to participate, too. The survey is entirely anonymous and should take about 15-20 minutes to complete.

The project is led by three researchers with extensive experience studying secular people. Joseph Blankholm, Ph.D., is a professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research focuses on atheism, secularism, and secular people. Juhem Navarro-Rivera, Ph.D., is a political scientist, writer, public speaker, and research consultant. He is the Political Research Director and Managing Partner at Socioanalitica Research, a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Humanist Studies, and a board member of the American Humanist Association. Dusty Hoesly, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research focuses on minority religions and secularism in the U.S.

The researchers are grateful for your participation and your help, and are happy to answer any questions if you have them. Please contact them by emailing [email protected]. They’re also on Twitter and Facebook.

Take the survey

Read more about the survey at TheHumanist.com.

Published on: Mar 14, 2021 at 16:22