Monday, December 26, 2005

The Beliefs Of Americans

Here are the results of a recent Harris poll, as described by The Washington Times:

"Overall, 82 percent of Americans believe in God, according to a recent Harris poll, which also revealed that 73 percent also believe in miracles, 70 percent in life after death, 70 percent in the existence of heaven, and 70 percent that Jesus is the Son of God. In addition, 68 percent believe in angels and 66 percent in the Resurrection of Christ....'What may be more surprising is that significant minorities believe in ghosts, UFOs, witches, astrology and in reincarnation,' the poll found. Indeed, only 21 percent believe in reincarnation: 'That you were once another person,' the poll stipulated. A quarter put credence in astrology, 28 percent believe that witches exist, and 34 percent believe in UFOs. Four out of 10 believe in ghosts...There was a divide of the sexes, though. While 46 percent of the women believe in ghosts, the figure stood at 33 percent among men. More men than women, however, believed in UFOs -- 38 percent to 31 percent. Roughly three in 10 of both sexes believed in witches; 30 percent of women believed in astrology, compared with just 19 percent of men."