Monday, August 20, 2012

God-fearing America? Not So Much

    A recent poll of an international audience by Gallop International says that the United States doesn’t make the top 10 of the largest religious populations.

   Gallop asked one question to 51,927 people in 57 countries:

    “ Irrespective of whether you attend a place of worship or not, would you say you are a religious person, not a religious person or a convinced atheist?”

    Worldwide results:

  59% of the world thinks of themselves as religious;

  23% say that they are not religious;

  13% think of themselves as convinced atheist, and 5% did not know or would not answer.

   The United States ranked only at 34th as a very religious country.

   60% think of themselves as religious compared to 73% in 2005;

   30% say they are not religious;

   5% say they are convinced atheist compared to only 1% in 2005;

   5% did not know or would not answer.

    ( The Godless and the God-fearing )

      Tampa Bay Times