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22 December 2013

Harris Poll of Some American Beliefs

A Harris Interactive poll of 2,250 American adults conducted in November 2013 found the following:
  • 74% believe in God, down from 82% in 2005, 2007, and 2009.  This is a decrease of 2% per year since 2009.
  • 83% of those 68 or older believe in God, but only 64% of those between the ages of 18 and 36 do.
  • 6% of those who believe in God are neither absolutely nor somewhat certain.
  • 59% are either very religious or somewhat religious, which is down from 70% in 2007.  Religiosity is falling at a rate of nearly 2% a year.
  • 23% are not at all religious, up from 12% in 2007, which is increasing at a rate of nearly 2% a year.
  • 47% believe in Darwinian evolution (up from 42% in 2005), while 36% believe in creationism.
  • 42% believe in ghosts, 36% in UFOs, and 29% in astrology.
And more than half of American voters voted for Obama in November 2012, despite observing his rule for four years.

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