Nationwide Belief In God At An All-Time Low
PNW -A survey by Gallup recently revealed that 81% of American adults believe in God, the lowest percentage since 1944. Between the early 1940s -- when Gallup first started conducting the survey -- and 2011 more than 90% of adults believed in God.
Although a vast majority of Americans still do believe in God, 17% do not, a number that David Closson, Family Research Council's director of Family Research Council's Center for Biblical Worldview, thinks is linked to the cultural, political, and spiritual state of the country.
"The latest Gallup poll is not surprising to me," Closson explained. "Research has shown us that the 'no's' -- those who don't know or don't care about what they believe -- has steadily been rising. While it's sad that less Americans believe in God, it's nonetheless predictable."
Surveyors asked American adults to respond to the question: "Do you believe in God?" with "yes," "no," or "no opinion" as the possible answers The responses were not meant to signify whether or not the person is a committed Christian but rather shows that they believe in a higher power regardless of religion or practice.
There are multiple factors to consider when assessing the 6% drop in adults who believe in God over the last five years. Gallup's data shows that belief in God has fallen the most among young adults and people on the Left side of the political spectrum.
Between 2013-2017, 84% of the respondents who identified as Democrats said they believed in God. But this year, that number has declined by 12 points to 72%. Alternatively, in 2013-2017, 95% of the respondents who align with the Republican party said they believe in God. In 2022, that number has dropped by three points to 92%.
"Over the last 30 years, the two main political parties in this country have diverged on almost every issue," said Closson. "Increasingly, Democrats are less religious and less tethered to the principles of God's Word. As a result, it isn't surprising that less Democrats believe in God today as in previous years."
Interestingly, more people of color said they believe in God than non-Hispanic white people. Of all the Black, Hispanic, Asian, Arab, or Biracial respondents....READ MORE