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US teens no longer more likely than adults to believe in God, Heaven or Devil

US teens no longer more likely than adults to believe in God, Heaven or Devil

The gap between the proportion of US adults and teens that believe in God is closing

Though Americans are currently attempting to recover from their Halloween sugar comas, with our presidential election looming, religious beliefs are rising to the tops of many conversations and minds.

Over the past few years, The Harris Poll has found that the gap between the proportion of U.S. adults (18+) and teens (13-17) that believe in God is closing.


Where in 2014, 8 in 10 teens (80%) believed in God while only 74% of adults felt the same in 2013, now in 2016, just over three quarters of each share this belief (77% teens, 76% adults).

It is worth noting, however, that while over half of all Americans aged 13 and older say they are absolutely certain there is a God, teens are more likely than adults to feel this way (58% teens vs. 53% adults).

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,463 U.S. adults aged 18+ and 510 teens aged 13-17 surveyed online between July 14 and 27, 2016.



The after party

Whether or not a person believes in God, everyone must still find their own way to contend with the matter of death. Just under three quarters of Americans (74% teens, 73% adults) believe in Heaven, followed by seven in ten who believe in angels (71%, 70% respectively).

When it comes to the devil’s domain, 65% of teens believe in Hell, a six-percentage point jump on the 59% of adults who feel the same. In addition, just under six in ten Americans believe in the Devil (59% teens, 58% adults).

And when it comes to what’s deep inside, over six in ten Americans (61% teens, 64% adults) believe the soul survives after death, while 19% of teens and about a quarter of adults (26%) believe in reincarnation.

WHAT AMERICANS BELIEVE IN

Please indicate for each one if you believe in it, or not.

Base: Teens 13-17 and Adults 18+

% Believe In
Total teens 13-17 (2016)  Total adults 18+ (2016)  Total teens 13-18 (2014)  Total adults 18+ (2013)
n = 510  n = 2463  n = 712  n = 2250

God  77  76  80  74
Miracles  75  73  76  72
Heaven  74  73  78  68
Jesus is God or the Son of God  72  71  74  68
Angels  71  70  74  68
The resurrection of Jesus Christ  70  68  70  65
Hell  65  59  64  58
Survival of the soul after death  61  64  62  64
The Virgin birth (Jesus born of Mary)  61  57  59  57
The Devil  59  58  65  58
Ghosts  44  41  46  42
Darwin’s theory of evolution  40  49  43  47
Creationism  33  37  38  36
Astrology  30  33  36  29
UFOs  29  35  31  36
Witches  25  28  23  26
Reincarnation – that you were once another person  19  26  21  24

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