These surveys are never-ending and the results depressingly consistent. The results of The Harris Poll, which recently assessed the beliefs of over 2,000 American adults about various supernatural concerns, indicate that more people believe in the devil, hell, and angels than believe in the theory of evolution. However, the survey suggests that more people believe in evolution than in creationism.
More regarding our fun-loving citizenry:
- 80% of adult Americans believe in God – unchanged from a 2005 Harris Poll. Large majorities of the public believe in miracles (75%), heaven (73%), angels (71%), that Jesus is God or the Son of God (71%), the resurrection of Jesus (70%), the survival of the soul after death (68%), hell (62%), the Virgin birth (Jesus born of Mary (61%) and the devil (59%).
- Slightly more people – but both are minorities – believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution (47%) than in creationism (40%).
- Sizeable minorities believe in ghosts (44%), UFOs (36%), witches (31%), astrology (31%), and reincarnation (24%).
- Catholics are more likely than Protestants to believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution (by 52% to 32%), ghosts (by 57% to 41%), UFOs (by 43% to 31%), and astrology (by 40% to 28%). Protestants are slightly more likely than Catholics to believe in creationism (by 54% to 46%).