AT the Harris Poll website we read Three in Five Adults Are Absolutely Certain There Is a God. We’re told:
A recent Harris Poll found that 82% of American adults believe in God. However, when asked how certain they were, only 59% are “absolutely certain” that there is a God, and another 15% say they are somewhat certain. This is one of the findings of The Harris Poll of 2,303 adults surveyed online between November 2 and 11, 2009 by Harris Interactive.
Those who are most likely to be either absolutely or somewhat certain there is no God, or to be unsure, are Jews (34%), people aged 25-29 (43%) and 30-39 (35%), college graduates (36%), post-graduates (34%), men (33%), and people on the coasts – 33% in the East, and 34% in the West.
Okay, that’s about God. What about evolution? For that we turn to another Harris link, where we read What People Do and Do Not Believe in. Here are some excerpts:
The survey also finds that:
61% of adults believe in hell;
61% believe in the virgin birth (Jesus born of Mary);
60% believe in the devil;
42% believe in ghosts;
32% believe in UFOs;
26% believe in astrology;
23% believe in witches;
20% believe in reincarnation – that they were once another person.
Isn’t it great? We continue:
There are very big differences between the beliefs of Catholics, Protestants, born-again Christians and Jews.
Catholics are more likely than all adults to believe in: God (94% compared to 82%); heaven (86% vs. 75%); angels (83% vs. 72%) … [and] are also somewhat more likely than all adults to believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution (51% vs. 45%).
Protestants are also more likely to believe in God (92%); … heaven (90%); angels (88%) …
But Protestants are much less likely than all adults to believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution (32%), ghosts (33%); astrology (20%); and reincarnation (13%). They are more likely than all adults to believe in creationism (56% vs. 40%).
Born-again Christians are much more likely than Catholics or all Protestants to believe in God (97%); heaven (97%); … angels (95%); … [and] are also much more likely to believe in creationism (68%), and much less likely to believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution (16%).
Jews are, of course, very unlikely to believe in the basic elements of Christianity. They are also less likely than all adults to believe in miracles (63%); heaven (48%) … angels (36%) [and] are by far the most likely to believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution (80%) and the least likely to believe in creationism (20%).
There’s lots more information at that second link we gave you. Check it out.
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