More Than 90 Percent of Americans Believe in God, Study Finds

Publication: The Washington Post

Author: Jacqueline L. Salmon


06/23/2008 - More than 90 percent of Americans -- including one in five people who say they are atheists -- believe in God or a universal power, and more than half pray at least once a day, according to results of a poll released today that takes an in-depth look at Americans' religious beliefs.

The poll, by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, also found that nearly three-fourths of Americans believe in heaven as a place where people who have led good lives will be eternally rewarded. And almost 60 percent believe in hell, where people who have led bad lives and die without repenting are eternally punished, the poll found.

Majorities also believe that angels and demons are at work in the world and that miracles occur today as they did in ancient times.

"These are common beliefs among the American public," said Gregory A. Smith, a research fellow at the Pew Forum, a D.C. think tank.

This is the organization's second report that is based on one of the largest polls of Americans' religious beliefs ever conducted, with more than 36,000 adults interviewed.

Read the full article More Than 90 Percent of Americans Believe in God, Study Finds on the Washington Post's Web site.

Read more about the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey on the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life Web site.

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