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Poll: Americans' belief in God is on the decline


A new Harris Poll finds that a majority of U.S. adults (75%) say they believe in God, but that's down from the 82 percent who have expressed belief in prior years.  Those who believe with "absolute certainty" in God is down to just 54%, a drop of 12 percentage points over the last 10 years.

Key findings of the poll, via CNSNews.com:

Belief in miracles, heaven and other religious teachings also declined in the latest poll, as follows:

--72 percent believe in miracles, down from 79 percent in 2005;

--68 percent believe in heaven, down from 75 percent;

--68 percent believe that Jesus is God or the Son of God, down from 72 percent;

--65 percent believes in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, down from 70 percent;

--64 percent believe in the survival of the soul after death, down from 69 percent;

--58 percent believe in the devil and hell, down from 62 percent;

--57 percent believe in the Virgin birth, down from 60 percent.

Aside from organized religions, the most religious group in general is African Americans, 70% of whom say they are "absolutely certain there is a God."  The other top religious groups identified include: Republicans (65%), older Americans (62%), Baby Boomers (60%), Southerners (61%) and Midwesterners (58%), and those with a high school education or less (60%).

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