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Decline in belief in God

December 18th, 2013 · 2 Comments

A recent Harris poll indicates that belief in God is steadily declining in the United States. In 2009 82% believed in God, while in 2013 it was down to 74%.

As might be expected, Republicans are significantly more likely to believe (87%) vs Democrats (72%); independents were at 70%. Belief rose from 64% for those under 35 years old, to 83% for those over 68. People in the South believed more than people in the West. Blacks were significantly more likely to believe than Whites or Hispanics. Belief steadily decreased with education: 60% of those with High School or less were “absolutely certain” there is a God, but only 37% of those with graduates degrees were so certain.

To me this decline is a welcome sign of increased rationality, but I’m sure that the religious majority will consider it a sad sign of the moral decay in the country.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Don // Dec 20, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    I noticed belief in reincarnation, UFOs, and ghosts went up though.


  • 2 Don // Dec 20, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    I notice you didn’t say “as might be expected, women are significantly more likely to believe vs men”.

    Why didn’t you mention that? 😉

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