Some of the interesting findings in this new Harris Poll include:
— 80% of adult Americans believe in God – unchanged since the last time we asked the question in 2005. Large majorities of the public believe in miracles (75%), heaven (73%), angels (71%), that Jesus is God or the Son of God (71%), the resurrection of Jesus (70%), the survival of the soul after death (68%), hell (62%), the Virgin birth (Jesus born of Mary (61%) and the devil (59%).
— Slightly more people – but both are minorities – believe in Darwin's theory of evolution (47%) than in creationism (40%).
— Sizeable minorities believe in ghosts (44%), UFOs (36%), witches (31%), astrology (31%), and reincarnation (24%).

Differences between Catholics and Protestants
There are no significant differences between the large percentages of Catholics and Protestants who believe in God, miracles, heaven and hell, that Jesus is the Son of God, angels, the resurrection of Jesus, the survival of the soul after death, the Virgin birth and the devil. However, Catholics are more likely than Protestants to believe in Darwin's theory of evolution (by 52% to 32%), ghosts (by 57% to 41%), UFOs (by 43% to 31%), and astrology (by 40% to 28%). Protestants are slightly more likely than Catholics to believe in creationism (by 54% to 46%).

Which Religious Texts Are the "Word of God"
Slender majorities of all adults believe that all or most of the Old Testament (55%) and the New Testament (54%) are the "Word of God." However, only about a third of all adults (37% and 36%) believe that all of these texts are the word of God.

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11 Comments

  1. shawn says:

    The results of the poll show that the believers have not lost faith.
    Thats a good sign for the world as a whole and a positive sign for the
    future of humanity, Amen.

  2. shawn says:

    The results of the poll show that the believers have not lost faith.
    Thats a good sign for the world as a whole and a positive sign for the
    future of humanity, Amen.

  3. Scott says:

    This really amazes me. In today's age of technology and major scientific developments, the fact that people still believe in talking snakes and virgin births is truly scary to me. It is like their brains are tuned into a different channel than mine, one that I just can't believe still exists.

  4. Scott says:

    This really amazes me. In today's age of technology and major scientific developments, the fact that people still believe in talking snakes and virgin births is truly scary to me. It is like their brains are tuned into a different channel than mine, one that I just can't believe still exists.

  5. brainofjfk says:

    I find it incredible that 80% of people believe in god. Seems kind of ridiculous to me. A man in the sky that watches everything you do and say. I think its ridiculous.

  6. brainofjfk says:

    I find it incredible that 80% of people believe in god. Seems kind of ridiculous to me. A man in the sky that watches everything you do and say. I think its ridiculous.

  7. C. E. Owens says:

    In my honest opinion, I think it is silly to disregard evidences of evolution considering all of the talents, intelligence, reasoning and intellectual capabilities that God has given us in the first place that makes us ABLE to contemplate our "elusive" origins. I believe God created the heavens and the earth, and you and I, but that doesn't mean that every possible detail of HOW he did it was necessarily included in the Bible. God's sense of time is not our sense of time, so seven days could have been seven million years… Who here could know for sure either way??

  8. C. E. Owens says:

    In my honest opinion, I think it is silly to disregard evidences of evolution considering all of the talents, intelligence, reasoning and intellectual capabilities that God has given us in the first place that makes us ABLE to contemplate our "elusive" origins. I believe God created the heavens and the earth, and you and I, but that doesn't mean that every possible detail of HOW he did it was necessarily included in the Bible. God's sense of time is not our sense of time, so seven days could have been seven million years… Who here could know for sure either way??

  9. stobor says:

    It's so hard to understand why people would rely on information that has no evidence rather that scientifically documented observations formed into a logical theory that fits in to how the world works. People want the easy way out, I guess.

  10. stobor says:

    It's so hard to understand why people would rely on information that has no evidence rather that scientifically documented observations formed into a logical theory that fits in to how the world works. People want the easy way out, I guess.

 
 
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