According to recently published Gallup poll data, Americans’ belief in God dropped to a record low this year.
According to the poll, most Americans – 81% – believe in God. However, while that percentage appears to be high, it is really the lowest ever recorded in this poll. Until 2011, over 90% said that they believed in God, but this amount has continued to fall, now down 8 points from 89% who stated belief in God in 2016. The previous record low was in 2014 when 86 percent of respondents said they had faith in God.
In 1953, 1954, 1965, and 1967, when Gallup asked whether people believed in God, 98 percent responded affirmatively.
Overall, 17% of those polled do not believe in God, and according to the poll’s findings, leftists and young people are the most likely to be non-believers:
“Belief in God has dropped the most among young people and those on the left of the political spectrum (Democrats and liberals) in recent years. These groups’ percentages decreased by 10 percent or more comparing 2022 results to a typical average from 2013 to 2017 polls.”
“Most other crucial subgroups have seen at least a small decrease, although conservatives and married people have experienced practically no change.”
“The groups that have seen the most drops are also those who are now least likely to believe in God, such as liberals (62%), youths (68%), and Dems (72%). Political conservatives (94%) and Republicans (92%) believe more than others, which reflected that religion was a key factor in political divisions in the United States.”
Although most people across all political views believe in God — 92 percent of Republicans, 81 percent of independents, and 72 percent of Democrats — liberals are the least likely to do so. Liberals are the least religious group, with only 62% claiming to believe in God—an 11-point decline from 2013 to 2017’s 73%.
“About half of those who believe in God — equal to 42% of all Americans – claim that God hears prayers and intervenes on peoples’ behalf,” the poll discovered.
The poll was conducted May 2-22, 2022, among 1,007 people and has a 4 percent margin of error.