Gallup: 'Do You Believe in God?' 87% Say 'Yes'

Michael W. Chapman | November 13, 2019 | 3:45pm EST
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( -- A survey shows that, dependent upon how the question is asked, a strong majority of Americans believe in God. For instance, 87% said "yes," when simply asked, "Do you believe in God?

As explained by Gallup, which conducted the survey, the range of belief in God ranges from 64% to 87%. 

Gallup asked, "Do you believe in God?" and 87% of respondents said "yes."


Gallup also asked, "For each of the items I'm going to read you, please tell me whether it's something you believe in, something you're not sure about, or something you don't believe in. What about God?"

In this instance, 79% said they "believe in" God.

In another question, Gallup asked, "Which comes closest to describing you: you are convinced that God exists; you think God probably exists, but you have a little doubt; you think God probably exists, but you have a lot of doubt; you think God probably does not exist, but you are not sure; or you are convinced that God does not exist?"

In this instance, 64% said they are "convinced that God exists."

"The array of Gallup results leads to the conclusion that putting a percentage on Americans' belief in God depends on how you define 'belief,'" said the polling firm.  "If the standard is absolute certainty -- no hedging and no doubts -- it's somewhere around two-thirds. If the standard is a propensity to believe rather than not to believe, then the figure is somewhere north of three-quarters."

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