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Religion in decline across America
In “Religion in decline across America”, the reporter uses numbers in the form of percents and years. The reporter also uses a lot of “math crunching” to put the changes in percents into perspective as well as compares the changes and percents to each other. The numbers in the article were easy to grasp, I think mostly thanks to how the reporter used them. He did not overload paragraphs with lots of numbers and used words like significant, shift, jump and dramatic to help put the percents in perspective. He also did his own math to highlight the importance of the numbers: “significantly less”, “almost doubled” and “This dramatic increase slots non-religious Americans third behind Catholics (25.1 percent) and Baptists (15.8 percent).” The reporter said that the numbers came from the latest American Religious Identification Survey.