A large number of adults in the United States agree with specific religious tenets, according to a poll by Harris Interactive. 82 per cent of respondents believe in God, 79 per cent believe in miracles, 75 per cent believe in heaven, and 74 per cent believe in angels.In addition, 72 per cent of respondents believe Jesus is God or the Son of God, 70 per cent believe in the resurrection of Christ, and 69 per cent believe in the survival of the soul after death. Belief in hell and the Devil stands at 62 per cent, followed by the Virgin birth (Jesus born of Mary) with 60 per cent. Less than a third of respondents believe in witches, astrology and reincarnation.Charles Darwin’s "The Origin of Species" wasfirst published in 1859.
The book details the British naturalist’s theory that all organisms gradually evolve through the process of natural selection. Darwin’s views were antagonistic to creationism, the belief that a more powerful being or a deity created life. 42 per cent of respondents believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution, while 39 per cent believe in creationism. Last month, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who is seeking the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in 2008, discussed his views on religion, saying, "I put my head on the pillow and I just want to make sure that the father above is pleased. In essence, I can say that I have one client I have to please." In a television ad currently being broadcast in Iowa, Huckabee declares: "Faith doesn’t just influence me—it defines me."
Polling Data Please indicate for eachone if you believe in it, or not. God 82% Miracle 79% Heaven 75% Angels 74% Jesus is God or the Son of God 72% The resurrection of Jesus Christ 70% Survival of the soul after death 69% Hell 62% The Devil 62% The Virgin birth (Jesus born of Mary) 60% Darwin’s theory of evolution 42% Ghosts 41% Creationism 39% UFOs 35% Witches 31% Astrology 29% Reincarnation—that you were once another person 21%
Source: Harris Interactive
Methodology: Online interviews with 2,455 American adults, conducted from Nov. 7 to Nov. 13, 2007. No margin of error was provided.
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