Gallup Poll: 89 Percent of Americans Say They Believe in God

A new Gallup poll has found that 89 percent of Americans say they believe in God, and this is after the belief in God having declined over the last few decades.

When Gallup asked, “Do you believe in God,” 89 percent of U.S. adults said, “yes,” and 10 percent said, “no.” One percent said they had no opinion, the poll says.

In the surveys conducted May 4-8 and June 14-23, Gallup then slightly changed the question, asking, “Do you believe in God or a universal spirit?” Again, 89 percent said they believe, and 9 percent said they do not. And 2 percent said they had no opinion.

Given more options than “yes or no,” and asked to choose among “believe in, not sure about and don’t believe in,” 79 percent of respondents said they believe in God, 11 percent said they don’t believe and 10 percent said they are not sure, the poll says.

In 2001 and 2004, 90 percent said they believed in God, with 7 percent and 5 percent, respectively, saying they were unsure. However, by 2007, the percentage choosing “believe in God” had dropped slightly to 86 percent, with another 8 percent expressing uncertainty, the poll notes.

In 1944, when Gallup first asked Americans, “Do you, personally, believe in a God?” 96 percent said they did. And between 94 percent and 98 percent of Americans said they believed in God in other surveys conducted through 1967. But when Gallup modified the wording in 1976 and asked Americans about their belief in “God or a universal spirit,” 94 percent to 96 percent responded in the affirmative, until 1994.

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