Tuesday, June 14, 2016
What America Thinks About God
What does America think about God and religion in general? Is the United States a religious nation?
Sixty-two percent (62%) of Americans consider themselves religious. Women and older adults believe so even more strongly than men and younger Americans. The majority of all Americans say their faith is important in their daily life. As a matter of fact, just one-in-three think it’s even possible to have a healthy community without churches or a religious presence.
While Americans consider themselves religious, they generally mean Christian. At least three-quarters of Americans believe in the central tenets of Christianity, that Jesus Christ was the son of God sent to Earth to die for their sins and that he later rose from the dead. More than half say there is not enough religion in public schools, and 75% or more think Christmas and Easter should be celebrated in the schools. There is significantly less support for celebrating non-Christian holidays in school, though.
Americans rank their religious group or organization their third-most important personal allegiance after family and their country.
For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.