It's one thing to believe in God. It's quite another to be absolutely certain God exists, and 59 percent of U.S. adults have squelched all doubts and are convinced to the core of their being that God is real.
That's the word from a Harris Poll of 2,303 adults nationwide, which found that while 82 percent believe in God, only three in five say they are absolutely certain about it.
Who is most likely to be absolutely certain God exists?
- Born-again Christians: 87 percent
- Protestants: 76 percent
- Republicans: 72 percent
- People from the South: 69 percent
- Blacks: 67 percent
- Women: 66 percent
Who has the most doubts about God's existence?
- Jews: 34 percent
- People aged 25 to 29: 43 percent
- People aged 30 to 39: 35 percent
- College graduates: 36 percent
- Post-graduates: 34 percent
- People from the West Coast: 34 percent
- People from the East Coast: 33 percent
- Men: 33 percent
Is God male or female? Just over one third of all adults (38 percent) think God is male, while less than 1 percent believe God is female. However, many people believe God is neither male nor female (34 percent) or both male and female (11 percent). Surprisingly perhaps, more women (44 percent) believe God is male than do men (32 percent).
How much control does God have over the Earth? A 43 percent plurality believe God observes, but does not control, what happens on Earth, while 30 percent believe God controls what happens.
Who doesn't believe in God at all? Thirteen percent say there is no God. Here's the surprising, perhaps shocking part: Of those who insist there is no God, 6 percent are Catholics, 5 percent are Protestants, 11 percent are Jewish and 8 percent are born-again Christians.
--From the Editors at Netscape