Ninety-two percent of Americans say they believe in God, according to a new Gallup Poll that shows only a slight decrease in the percentage of believers since the 1940s.
Belief in God polled at 94 percent among all three age groups over 30, and at 96 percent in the American South. While 90 percent of men said they believe in God, 94 percent of women do.
Seven percent of all Americans said they did not believe in God.
Some groups were less likely to profess belief in God. Only 84 percent of those aged 18 to 29 said they believe in God, as did 87 percent of those with a postgraduate education. Only 85 percent of self-identified liberals professed belief, compared to 91 percent of moderates and 98 percent of conservatives.
About 90 percent of Democrats said they believe in God, compared with 98 percent of Republicans and 89 percent of independents. Only 86 percent of respondents in the American East said they believe in God.
In a 1944 Gallup Poll, 96 percent of Americans professed belief in God.
However, Americans’ self-identification with a religion has declined somewhat. While at some points in the 1950s almost all Americans identified themselves with a particular religion, more than 1 in 10 Americans now tell pollsters they have no formal religious identity.
Gallup noted different results in a 2010 poll when respondents were also asked if they believe in a “universal spirit.” Eighty percent of respondents said they believe in God, while 12 percent professed belief in a universal spirit.
Other surveys have shown that not all Americans are “absolutely certain” in their beliefs about God.
“Given the ability to express doubts about their beliefs, the percentage who stick to a certain belief in God drops into the 70 percent to 80 percent range,” Gallup said.
The most recent survey polled 1,018 adults aged 18 and older. It claims a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.