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Roughly half say they belong to a Pentecostal church.And, in most countries, at least a quarter say they belong to another Protestant church or that they do not know their denomination.Historical data suggest that for most of the 20th century, from 1900 through the 1960s, at least 90% of Latin America’s population was Catholic (See History of Religious Change).
Many former Catholics also said they became Protestants because they wanted a different style of worship or a church that helps its members more.
Overall, 84% of Latin American adults report that they were raised Catholic, 15 percentage points more than currently identify as Catholic.
The pattern is reversed among Protestants and people who do not identify with any religion: While the Catholic Church has lost adherents through religious switching, both Protestant churches and the religiously unaffiliated population in the region have gained members.
In most countries surveyed, pluralities of Catholic-to-Protestant converts say they left Catholicism before the age of 25.
Geographic mobility may also be associated with conversion.