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More Than 9 in 10 Americans Believe in God

More Than 9 in 10 Americans Believe in God

A new Gallup poll displayed results that shouldn’t be very surprising: Americans are overwhelmingly religious, far more so than Canadians, Britons or Europeans who have been questioned in previous polls.  The poll found that more than 9 in 10 (92% percent, to be precise) of Americans responded “yes” when asked whether they believed in God.  The survey did not ask about specific religious allegiances, but rather sought to explore religiosity as a whole.

Also unsurprisingly, belief in God dropped below 90% (which, when you think about it, is still extraordinarily high) among young Americans, those who identified as liberal or had a postgraduate education, and those who lived in the East.  Belief in God seemed to be universal among Republicans and conservatives, and was strong among people who lived in the South.

The results changed a little when the pollsters rephrased the question.  When respondents were given more definitive queries – they were asked, for example, whether they had doubts about a belief in God, and a “modest percentage” expressed uncertainty about God’s existence without denying it entirely.  Others said they didn’t believe in “God,” per se, but rather a “universal spirit.”

According to this survey, Americans’ belief in God (when asked to choose only between existence and non-existence) has remained relatively constant.  This is why I found it so interesting that, as I wrote yesterday, Mitt Romney’s Mormonism does not seem to bother most voters.  This leaves open another question: do Americans care about their leaders’ form of religion, as long as they profess religious conviction? 

Obviously, we’re not going to have a Muslim president anytime soon, but the fact that Mormonism, a Christian minority that has been demonized throughout American history, may not faze voters is an encouraging step forward in the way that Americans think about religion.  This survey also explains, though, why it is so important for American politicians to emphasize their religious beliefs – and why an atheist president may be as much of a fantasy as a Muslim head of state.

 

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8:29AM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

I don't see Chris as an atheist. He appears to be very strong willed about a very intimate act with God. It has always been interesting to me that the most intimate relationship two individuals can have with each other is so often demeaned to such language. Despite the meaning attached to the language you use to describe the act, it remains a very intimate act. So by all means keep it up. Perhaps one day you will understand the true nature of the act you are so adamant about.

4:54AM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

i cannot speak for chris, or for other atheists. as i have faith. in *something*. whatever it is, however, is unknowable by humans. maybe this is why chris is feeling frustrated.

i abhor all organized religions. they are only about power, money, control. they are easily one of the most, if not *THE* most evil institutions on the face of the earth. they are all based on the false premise that man created god in his own image. (and why does god have to have a penis, why always "he"? read merlin stone's book "when god was a woman", for insight about how modern religions were formed and what they're really about.)

"oh lord, save us from your followers!"

11:01PM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

Chris is typical of the athiests that I have encountered. People are entitled to believe as they wish, but I don't understand the hatred athiests have for people of faith.

12:14PM PST on Dec 1, 2012

To James C: Very nicely done. Inspiring, uplifting and encouraging. However Richard Zane S's comments have merit as well. I will stick with my previous remarks despite Vonnie A's disparaging comments. Did she even read what I wrote?

Perhaps a better question would be what do you believe is the nature of God?
How is it that we can not acknowledge that we are a part of God? You help make that which God is. If you want God to be loving be loving.Others may choose God to be hateful that to me is unfortunate. But it doesn't make them any less a part of God.

What is the nature of God? Omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, the alpha and the omega what is the problem? Those descriptions leave no conclusion other than everything is a part of God including you, the best and the worst. There is no proving God. God is. The universe is a part of God whether it be a multiverse or universe. You have intelligence therefore God has intelligence. Religions deny God by limiting God to that religious belief system. God is all inclusive. A part can not be greater than the whole.

2:14PM PST on Nov 30, 2012

James says:
"God's Word is actually God Himself. That means that everything we read in the Word of God, God stands behind and is ready to perform today"

"Happy shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against
the rock!" (Psalms 137:9)

"The people of Samaria must bear their guilt, because they have rebelled
against their God. They will fall by the sword; their little ones will be
dashed to the ground, their pregnant women ripped open." (Hosea 13:16)

sorry James your sales pitch isn't working. If you believe the bible is inerrant, you have to take it all...you can't be selective. "God, the same yesterday and today"

11:11AM PST on Nov 30, 2012

God's Word is actually God Himself. That means that everything we read in the Word of God, God stands behind and is ready to perform today.This Video can explain more, if you really want to have meaning to your life!!! Please watch with a open mind and heart....

http://youtu.be/qpSE3eZTCNo

11:11AM PST on Nov 30, 2012

God's Word is actually God Himself. That means that everything we read in the Word of God, God stands behind and is ready to perform today.This Video can explain more, if you really want to have meaning to your life!!! Please watch with a open mind and heart....

http://youtu.be/qpSE3eZTCNo

10:29AM PST on Nov 25, 2012

God is so fake. If you believe you are a fool.

6:58AM PDT on Sep 27, 2012

What rot! Nature of god?! Imaginary. Indoctrinated. If he/she/it did exist, he/she/it is one hell of a major messed up, malevolent, vengeful, jealous, violent, EVIL piece of shit! I was indoctrinated as a child (as most believers are) but finally realized I. Old think for myself. Which god - whatever your "definition" of god is - is usually an accident of birth, what family you were born into,mwhat country you were brought up in, etc. The most peaceful countries tend to be atheistic countries, or, at the very least, those with secular governments. I'm bringing my children up to be king, empathetic, ethical, giving FREETHINKERS. The bible was written by semi-
Iiterate people who believed the earth was flat. The Koran and Torah too. Fiction, people! "Treat others as youdnlikemto be treated is an ancients HUMANISTIC rule - NOTHING to do with god or religion. Think for yourselves. Seek truth, not dogma. The world would be a much better place without the mythical gods (1000's of them) and religion!

5:01AM PDT on Sep 27, 2012

Perhaps a better question would be what do you believe is the nature of God?
How is it that we can not acknowledge that we are a part of God? You help make that which God is. If you want God to be loving be loving.Others may choose God to be hateful that to me is unfortunate. But it doesn't make them any less a part of God.

What is the nature of God? Omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, the alpha and the omega what is the problem? Those descriptions leave no conclusion other than everything is a part of God including you, the best and the worst. There is no proving God. God is. The universe is a part of God whether it be a multiverse or universe. You have intelligence therefore God has intelligence. Religions deny God by limiting God to that religious belief system. God is all inclusive. A part can not be greater than the whole.

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