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The percentage of Americans who say they believe in God has dipped to the lowest number in the past nearly 80 years, according to a new Gallup poll published Friday.
The Values and Belief poll, conducted from May 2 to 22, showed 81% of people answered that they believe in God. That is down six percentage points from the 87% of respondents who said they believed in God in the 2017 poll. This year is the lowest percentage in Gallup’s trend since the public opinion polling company first asked the question in 1944.
This year’s poll found 17% of Americans said they do not believe in God.
When asking the question first in 1944, again in 1947, and twice each in the 1950s and 1960s, a consistent 98% of respondents said they believed in God. When Gallup asked the question nearly five decades later, in 2011, 92% of Americans said they believed in God.
A pro-life demonstrator prays near the US Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., US, on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. (Photographer: Eric Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
A subsequent survey in 2013 found belief in God dipping below 90% to 87%, roughly where it stood in three subsequent updates between 2014 and 2017 before this year’s drop to 81%.
The poll found that the belief in God has plummeted the most in recent years among young adults and people on the left of the political spectrum, namely liberals and Democrats.
Josh Mandel, U.S. Republican senate candidate for Ohio, left, and Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, pray during a ‘Faith & Freedom’ rally in Columbus, Ohio, U.S., on Saturday, April 30, 2022. (Photographer: Gaelen Morse/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Gallup said those groups show drops of 10 or more percentage points comparing the 2022 figures to an average of the 2013-2017 polls. Most other key subgroups have experienced at least a modest decline, although conservatives and married adults have had essentially no change, according to the polling company.
The poll found the groups with the largest declines are also the groups that are currently least likely to believe in God, including liberals (62%), young adults (68%) and Democrats (72%). Belief in God is highest among political conservatives (94%) and Republicans (92%), which Gallup said reflects “that religiosity is a major determinant of political divisions in the U.S.”
Britain’s new top army general says Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has changed the outlook for Britain’s military, which must be capable of fighting alongside allies and ready to defeat Russia on the battlefield. Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
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Oleksandr Goncharenko says unless the invaders are halted the eastern Ukrainian city will be razed and its people driven out
Thirteen miles from the Russian frontline lies Kramatorsk, a city at first glance eerily empty. The highway into the centre is deserted, with long, thin Ukrainian flags defiantly hanging above the street, held taut by wires.
If Russia’s revised goal is to seize Donbas, the last significant city Moscow’s forces will have to take is Kramatorsk, an industrial centre, that is 40 miles west of the fierce fighting at Sievierdonetsk.
Thousands are expected to celebrate 2SLGBTQQIA+ rights in São Paulo on Sunday as Brazil holds its annual Pride Parade in person for the first time in two years.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, celebrations have been held online for the past two-year period. This year, 19 cars are expected to be part of the parade, featuring the participation of a variety of artists and musicians.
Despite hosting one of the world’s largest pride parades, Brazil continues to be the country with the highest number of murders in the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community, seeing one death every 29 hours. According to the Grupo Gay Bahia, a gay rights organization in Brazil, 300 violent deaths were reported in 2021, an 8 per cent increase from the previous year.
The theme of the 26th Parade is “Vote with Pride — for a policy you represent” and aims to reaffirm the commitment of the LGBTQIA+ community to combatting discrimination and respecting diversity.
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