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Gallup says 9 in 10 Americans believe in God
Troy Reimink, Religion News Service
June 27, 2011
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Gallup says 9 in 10 Americans believe in God

Gallup says 9 in 10 Americans believe in God
Troy Reimink, Religion News Service
June 27, 2011

A new Gallup

poll finds 92 percent of Americans say they believe in God, a figure that has

dropped by only a few points since Gallup

first asked the question in the 1940s.

Gallup pollster Frank Newport

offered some background on those numbers:

Americans’ self-reported belief in God has been relatively constant over the

last 6 1/2 decades; the percentage of Americans who respond that they believe

in God now stands within six points of the all-time high in the 1950s and

1960s.

Previous Gallup surveys have shown

that when respondents are given the ability to express doubts about their

belief, the percentage of Americans who report a certain belief in God drops to

70 to 80 percent.

Additionally, about 12 percent of Americans say they believe in a universal

spirit or higher power instead of “God” when given that option.

Still, the May 2011 poll reveals that when given only the choice between

believing and not believing in God, more than 9 in 10 Americans say they do

believe.

The age group least likely to claim belief in God is 18-29-year-olds, at 84

percent, compared to 94 percent of older Americans. In addition, 98 percent of

Republicans claim belief, compared to 90 percent of Democrats and 89 percent of

independents.

The most recent (2005) Eurostat study of religious beliefs among Europeans

found that 52 percent of Europeans believed in God, 27 percent believed in “some

sort of spirit or life force,” and 18 percent claimed no belief whatsoever.

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Reimink writes for The Grand Rapids Press in Grand

Rapids, Mich.)