Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Americans Believe in God: Gallup Poll

[T]he vast majority of Americans continue to believe in God. But self-identified liberals, Democrats, Independents, people with post-graduate educations, and Easterners are less likely to say they believe in God than conservatives, Republicans, people without post-graduate educations and Americans from the South, West and Midwest.

-- From "Far-Reaching Faith: Poll Shows 9 out of 10 Americans Believe in God" by Sonia van Gilder Cooke, Time Magazine 6/7/11

America's first colonists were a religious lot. Three-and-a-half centuries later, not much has changed: more than 9 in 10 Americans still say they believe in God, according to a new Gallup poll.

American enthusiasm for the divine has hardly waned since the 1940s, when a whopping 96% confirmed their belief in a monotheistic deity. Still, God's poll numbers have dipped slightly over the past half-century to 92%, with support among certain subgroups slipping below 90%.

Unsurprisingly, belief in God is lowest among young Americans, liberals, independents, residents of the East Coast and those with postgraduate educations. Also unsurprising: God is still polling well in the Bible Belt and has "nearly universal" support among Republicans and conservatives, according to Gallup.

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From "Most Americans Still Believe in God; Nonbelief Rises" by Audrey Barrick, Christian Post Reporter 6/3/11

While belief in God remains strong in the U.S., the Gallup poll also found that nonbelief has risen from one percent in 1944 to seven percent today.

Notably, those least likely to believe in God are 18- to 29-year-olds. Only 84 percent agreed that they believe in God compared to 94 percent of older Americans.

While the Gallup report noted that belief in God has been relatively constant over the last six decades, it also highlighted that when Americans are given other options (such as universal spirit or higher power) or the ability to express doubts, then the percentage of those certain in their beliefs drops.

A 2010 Gallup poll revealed that 80 percent said they believe in God while 12 percent opted belief in a universal spirit or higher power.

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From "Gallup: Liberals, Democrats, Grad Students, Easterners More Likely to be Atheists" by Terence P. Jeffrey, CNSNews.com 6/6/11

Gallup surveyed 1,018 American adults from May 5-8. It asked 530 of these Americans “Do you believe in God?” and 488 of them “Do you believe in God or a universal spirit?”

Ninety-two percent of the first group said they believed in God, and 91 percent of the second group said they believed in God or a universal spirit.

Seven percent of the first group said they did not believe in God and 8 percent of the second group said they did not believe in God or a universal spirit.

In both groups, only 1 percent said they had no opinion on the matter.

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Also read Bible is from God, Say 79% of Americans