Thursday, December 6, 2007

More People Believe in the Devil, Hell, and Angels Than Believe in Darwin’s Theory of Evolution

These are some of the findings of a Harris Poll of 2,455 U.S. adults conducted online by Harris Interactive® between November 7 and 13, 2007.

Interesting findings in this new Harris Poll include:

  • 82 percent of adult Americans believe in God – unchanged since the question was last asked in 2005;

  • Large majorities of the public believe in miracles (79%), heaven (75%), angels (74%), that Jesus is God or the son of God (72%), the resurrection of Jesus (70%), the survival of the soul after death (69%), hell (62%), the devil (62%), and the virgin birth (Jesus born of Mary) (60%);

  • Roughly equal numbers – both minorities - believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution (42%) and creationism (39%);

  • Sizeable minorities believe in ghosts (41%), UFOs (35%), witches (31%), astrology (29%) and reincarnation (21%);

  • While many of these numbers for people who hold these beliefs are the same or little changed from 2005, the overall trend is upwards with slightly more people believing in miracles, angels and witches than did so two years ago.

To see complete results click here.

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