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Americans Strongly Believe in the Divinity of Jesus Christ

Friday, December 24, 2010

For an overwhelming number of Americans who celebrate Christmas, Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 

New Rasmussen Reports polling finds that 87% of Americans celebrate Christmas in their family, and 70% of that group recognize it as a religious holiday celebrating the birth of Christ rather than a secular one. Twenty-seven percent (27%) celebrate Christmas as a secular holiday. (To see survey question wording, click here)

This consistent with findings earlier this month and over the previous two holiday seasons.

Among those who celebrate Christmas, 81% believe Jesus Christ is the son of God sent to Earth to die for our sins. Nearly the same percentage (83%) also think that Jesus Christ actually walked the Earth 2000 years ago. Slightly fewer (73%) believe Jesus Christ was born to the Virgin Mary.

These figures are virtually unchanged from our survey conducted around this time last year.

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on December 16-17, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.


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