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A new Harris Poll released today reveals that only 74% of Americans believe in God, an 8% decline since 2009.
Before today, U.S. adults had remained fairly consistent in their religious beliefs — 82% of U.S. respondents previously reported that they believed there was a God since 2005.
In another decline, only 54% of Americans are now "absolutely certain" in God's existence, a 12% decrease over the last decade.
Not all of us feel this way. The groups most likely to be certain of God's existence are Black Americans (70%), Republicans (65%), Baby Boomers (60%), Southerners (61%), and Midwesterners (58%), as well as anyone with a high school education or less (60%).
A few other notable takeaways from the poll:
Almost a quarter of Americans (24%) believe in reincarnation
Only 1% of U.S. adults believe God is a woman, and more women than men are likely to believe that God is male (43% women, 34% men)
23% of Americans say they are "not at all" religious, a figure that has nearly doubled since 2007, when it was 12%
42% of Americans believe in ghosts, only slightly less than the 58% who believe in Hell and the Devil
The poll was conducted this past November, with 2,250 adults responding. The questions were administered by a computer, which the researchers explained led to more "accurate" data:
Read more: www.businessinsider.com...