Nearly half of Americans uncertain God exists: poll
Posted: 02 November 2006 02:22 AM   [ Ignore ]
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This is from Dawkins’s website:

(By Harris Poll)

Nearly half of Americans are not sure God exists, according to a poll that also found divisions among the public on whether God is male or female or whether God has a human form and has control over events.

The survey conducted by Harris Poll found that 42 percent of US adults are not "absolutely certain" there is a God compared to 34 percent who felt that way when asked the same question three years ago.

Among the various religious groups, 76 percent of Protestants, 64 percent of Catholics and 30 percent of Jews said they are "absolutely certain" there is a God while 93 percent of Christians who describe themselves as "Born Again" feel certain God exists.

When questioned on whether God is male or female, 36 percent of respondents said they think God is male, 37 percent said neither male nor female and 10 percent said "both male and female."

Only one percent think of God as a female, according to the poll.

Asked whether God has a human form, 41 percent said they think of God as "a spirit or power than can take on human form but is not inherently human."

As to whether God controls events on Earth, 29 percent believe that to be the case while 44 percent said God "observes but does not control what happens on Earth".
The survey was conducted online between October 4 and 10 among 2,010 US adults.

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Posted: 02 November 2006 03:12 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Woo hoo!

Honestly, not sure at all what this poll means, but I’ll take it as good news.

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Posted: 02 November 2006 03:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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[quote author=“dougsmith”]not sure at all what this poll means

The poll was done through the internet (among 2,010 persons), so it probably doesn’t mean much. Or maybe it means that Dawkins’s and Harris’s books are starting to have some effect on the public (?).

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Posted: 05 November 2006 12:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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“Only one percent thinks of God as a female”  <-=- this is the Wiccan that responded

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