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October 10, 2012 |  7:39 am

For the first time, Protestants no longer make up a majority of Americans, according to a new study out this week.

The study by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life found that Protestants now make up 48% of Americans, compared with nearly two-thirds in the 1970s. The decline, concentrated among white members of both mainline and evangelical denominations, is reflected in an absence of Protestants on the U.S. Supreme Court and the Republican presidential ticket for the first time.

Two-thirds of the religiously unaffiliated still say they believe in God, she said. But they overwhelmingly expressed disenchantment with religious organizations for being too concerned with money, power, rules and politics.

Times staff writer Teresa Watanabe will join us at 9 a.m. to talk about the study results and their implications.