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Sunday, July 5, 2015

HOW RELIGIOUS ARE AMERICANS?

In a recent WIN (Worldwide Independent Network of Market Research)/Gallup International poll of 64,000 people in 65 countries (But  I inserted other info from other polls in parentheses.):
  1. 63% of people polled say they are religious.
  2. China is the least religious country with twice the amount of convinced atheists than any other nation (61%) followed by Hong Kong (34%), Japan (31%), Czech Republic (30%), and Spain (20%).
  3. Thailand is the most religious country globally (94%), followed by Armenia (93%), Bangladesh (93%), Georgia (93%), and Morocco (93%). 
  4. In Israel, only 30% said they are religious.
  5.  Younger people tend to be MORE religious.
  6. (On the other hand,  32% of 18-25 year olds in the U.S. have no religion, while only 7% older than 75 have no religion.)
  7. (Further, 85% of the Silent Generation--70 and older-- are Christians in the U.S., while only 56% of Millenials--younger than 20-- identify themselves as Christian.)
  8. Those with minimal education are the MOST religious.
  9. The lower the income the higher the religiosity.
  10. Wealthy people are the least religious.
  11. (Whites are less religious than African Americans and Mexican Americans.  But is this because of educational and economic differences?)
Where is the USA in this poll?  we are in middle:  56%.  The importance of religion in our lives has not changed much:


A very recent Pew survey (click on it to read the info below):

  1. 35,000 Americans were polled.
  2. The USA has the WORLD'S LARGEST CHRISTIAN POPULATION:  173 million.
  3. In 1972 only 5% of Americans were unaffiliated.  In 2007, 16% of Americans had no religion.  Today, 23% are now in this category.  This is the first time no religion exceeded Catholics (21%) and Protestants (15%).  Clearly, there is definitely a trend.
The bottom line is that the number of religiously unaffiliated adults in the country has mushroomed only since 2007:


An ABCNews/Beliefnet poll indicated that 83% of Americans identify themselves as Christian.  Very interesting, for, if you divide the 173 million Christians from Pew, by our population, 319 million, I get 54%.  How can two credible polling organizations be so different?  I won't go into the details, but caution you that it's all in how you ask the question to what group, and whether only adults are counted, etc.

General Social Survey (associated with Roper):
  1. In 1944 96% of Americans believed in God.  In 2011, this number was 92%.  Apparently, at least 90% of Americans believe in God.
  2. Men are less religious than women.
  3. 16% of high school dropouts have no religion, while 24% of those with advanced degrees have no religion.
  4. 28% of those living the Mountain states have no religion, while this number is 15% in the South.
  5. 40% of liberals have no religious preference, while only 9% of political conservatives have no religion.  You can similarly link Democrats and Republicans.
  6. ONLY 3% OF AMERICANS DO NOT BELIEVE IN GOD.  Try getting elected without believing in God.  There is no one in Congress dumb enough to say so.  Representative Peter Stark (above right) of California, the only known Atheist, lost his re-election bid 2012.  However, he was 80 years old.
    So, while on one hand, the American belief in God seems entrenched at 90% and higher, the younger generation seems not be be religiously affiliated.  I've long felt that one need not necessarily have to believe in a Supreme Being, nor belong to a church, to be morally responsible.  Thus, I don't think this revolution in religion is necessarily bad for our society.

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    Soon, Chan-hom will quickly strengthen and attain Category 4 status, then, pass south of Naha, north of Taiwan, and into China, currently Taizhou, sufficiently south of Shanghai.  However, AccuWeather shows Shanghai as the midpoint of greatest concern:


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