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Poll: 78 percent in U.S. ‘convinced’ that God exists


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Ninety-four percent of Americans say they believe in God and the overwhelming majority of them are “convinced” that He exists, according to a new Gallup poll.

The poll, which measures the certainty of Americans’ beliefs, shows that 78 percent of U.S. adults are “convinced that God exists.” Another 12 percent think God probably exists, but they have a “little doubt” about it and 4 percent say they think God probably exists but they have “a lot of doubt.”

Only 5 percent of Americans say they don’t believe in God. Four percent say they think God probably doesn’t exist, but they “are not sure” that He doesn’t, and only 1 percent of Americans are “convinced that God does not exist.”

The poll of 1,002 adults was conducted Nov. 17-20 and released Dec. 13.

“In the chicken-and-egg question about whether church attendance is more likely to drive religiosity or vice-versa,” Gallup’s Albert L. Winseman wrote in an online analysis, “these data suggest that, for many Americans, belief in God is a personal conviction, and attending worship is an expression, rather than the cause, of that belief.”

Women (82 percent) are more likely than men (73 percent) to say they are convinced God exists. In addition, Southerners (88 percent) are more likely than Midwesterners (77 percent), Westerners (71 percent) and Easterners to say they are convinced about God’s existence.

Eighty-seven percent of self-identified conservatives are convinced God exists, although that number drops to 76 percent for moderates and 61 percent for liberals.

Among weekly church attendees, 94 percent are convinced of God’s existence. Amazingly, 61 percent of those who “seldom or never attend church” say they are certain God exists.
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