Americans' belief in God is high but nuanced, study says

Polling the populace
A new analysis of how strongly Americans believe in God finds no upward trends in atheism, agnosticism and doubt. However, surveys also show that various levels of belief and skepticism are masked by a common claim that 95 percent of U.S. adults believe in God.

The better figure would be 80 percent who believe in a traditional, personal God—a number combining 64 percent who have no doubts about God’s existence and 16 percent who believe despite some doubts—according to a series of nationwide surveys that offered six possible responses.

About 8 percent of Americans said the best description for them was, “I don’t believe in a personal god, but I do believe in a higher power of some kind.”


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