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Harris Poll: Belief in God Falls

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Monday, 23 Dec 2013 01:12 PM

By Courtney Coren

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Seventy-four percent of Americans believe in God, a number that has dropped from 82 percent in 2005, 2007 and 2009, a new poll finds.

By contrast 47 percent of the 2,250 adult respondents in The Harris Poll also say they believe in Darwin's theory of evolution, which is up from 42 percent since the last Harris survey.

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Even though a large majority believe in God, only 36 percent believe in creationism, and only 29 percent believe that God actually controls what happens on earth, the survey taken Nov. 13-16 found.

The number of respondents that say they believe in miracles is also down to 72 percent from 79 percent, while 68 percent say they believe Jesus is God, down from 72 percent that felt that way during the last survey. Belief in the Virgin birth has also dropped from 60 percent to 57 percent, as well, while the number of respondents believing in the resurrection of Jesus Christ has fallen from 70 percent to 65 percent.

The Harris survey also found 64 percent of respondents believe the soul survives after death, down from 69 percent. At the same time, 68 percent believe in heaven, down from 75 percent, and 58 percent believe there is a hell and a devil, a figure that's down from 62 percent.

The same poll also found that 42 percent of respondents believe in ghosts, 36 percent believe in UFOs, 29 percent believe in astrology, 26 percent believe in witches, and 24 percent believe in reincarnation.

The survey also revealed that older people are more likely to believe in God than younger folks and that while 83 percent of mature adults believe in God, only 64 percent of Millennials, or so-called Echo Boomers, say they believe.

On the question of religion, 19 percent of Harris survey participants reported that they are "very" religious, while 40 percent said they are "somewhat" religious, a figure down nine points since 2007.

The survey found that the number of Americans who say they are not religious at all has nearly doubled since 2007, from 12 percent to 23 percent.

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