American belief in God hits new low

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The number of Americans who believe in God has fallen to the lowest level in 78 years since Gallup first asked the question, according to a poll released Friday.

Driving the news: 81% of American adults say they believe in God, down 6 points from 2017.

  • Belief in God fell the most among young adults, Liberals and Democrats, with those groups posting declines of 10 percentage points or more from the polling average from 2013 to 2017, Gallup found.
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Over 90% of Americans believed in God between 1944 and 2011.

  • Conservatives and married adults saw little change in their beliefs, and other subgroups, including education level and age, saw only modest declines.

By the numbers: 62% of liberals, 68% of young adults and 72% of Democrats say they believe in God. These groups have experienced the largest declines in beliefs, Gallup notes.

  • Belief in God is highest among political conservatives, with 94% saying they believe in God, and Republicans, with 92% saying so.
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Between the lines: While the percentage of Americans who believe in God has declined over the past five years — and even more so compared to past decades — a majority of Americans still believe in God, Gallup found.

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