The religious identity of Latinos in the United States is undergoing big changes, with nearly one in four saying they are now former Catholics, according to a new nationwide survey from the Pew Research Center.

Survey results from more than 5,000 Latinos across the country have found that although the majority (55 percent) still identifies with the Roman Catholic Church, a growing number say they are Protestant (22 percent) or unaffiliated with any religion (18 percent).

According to a Pew news release, the survey found a 12 percent drop in the number of Latino Catholics in just four years, when 2010 Pew surveys showed that a full two-thirds (67 percent) identified with the faith. Evangelical Protestantism and atheism/agnosticism were the two most popular religious alternatives for Latinos.

To read the full survey report, click here.