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Monday, June 06, 2005

The disturbing, if predictable, results of a poll on religion.

Yet another reason why Europe, more and more, seems like the place for me, how my lovely hometown is the exception in this nation, and why America as a whole is a scary, scary place sometimes.

Some of the highlights:
  • 37% of americans think that religious leaders should try to influence policymakers. This is as opposed to 20% of Britons, 17% of Spaniards, 22% of Australians.
  • 84% of Americans say religion is "important" in their lives, as much as Mexicans, and double that of western Europeans.
  • And, the most frigtening: 2% of Americans say that they 'Don't believe in god," 4% say that they "Don't know whether there is a god and don't believe there is a way to find out. However,
  • 70%say that they "Believe in god and really have no doubts."
  • Only 1 in 8 Americans who say they "Believe in god" admit to having doubts as to their deity's existence.
  • Amusingly, fully a third of Americans choose "Other religion" as opposed to "Catholic" or "Protestant."

What IS this place?


  • At 7:49 AM , Blogger Sparky Dog said...

    I find some of the same things suprising. I get a bigger kick out of talking to my coworkers from India, Bulgaria, Vietnam, etc with their religious views, and especially of their views of "Americans" religion... its right on, and a little humbling. Nonetheless... I don't get what you mean by saying "vonteity" aloud... Im saying it aloud and not getting it. I must be a tard.


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