Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Believers in God - Europe & the US.

As an addendum to our previous post on France & Religion, here are some figures on the belief in God in Europe and in the US.
According to a recent Gallup poll (Nov. 2005) 94% of Americans think God exists and 61% of those who seldom or never attend church are nevertheless convinced that God exists.
As can be expected the numbers are very different in Europe. While on average 71% of Europeans say they believe in God (here or here in French), there is a great variety of results between countries:

Poland : 97%

Portugal : 90%

Germany : 67%

The UK : 64%

France : 60%

The Netherlands : 51%

The Czech Republic : 37%

Interestingly,in an opinion poll commissioned by the BBC in ten countries (see here), it was the poorer nations which tended to have the highest percentage of believers. The United States was the exception - there, nine out of ten people expressed faith in God.


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