New York, N.Y. — December 15, 2009 — A new Harris Poll finds that the great majority (82%) of American
adults believe in God, exactly the same number as in two earlier Harris Polls in 2005 and 2007. Large majorities
also believe in miracles (76%), heaven (75%), that Jesus is God or the Son of God (73%), in angels (72%), the
survival of the soul after death (71%), and in the resurrection of Jesus (70%).
Less than half (45%) of adults believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution but this is more than the 40% who believe
These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,303 adults surveyed online between November 2 and 11,
2009 by Harris Interactive.
The survey also finds that:
61% of adults believe in hell;
61% believe in the virgin birth (Jesus born of Mary);
60% believe in the devil;
42% believe in ghosts;
32% believe in UFOs;
26% believe in astrology;
23% believe in witches
20% believe in reincarnation – that they were once another person.
None of these numbers have changed much since previous surveys in 2005 and 2007.
There are very big differences between the beliefs of Catholics, Protestants, born-again Christians and Jews.