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This Just In: God Down Five Points in Polls

President Bush isn’t the only one down in the polls. Firm belief in God has descended five points in the last year, according to recent Gallup research.

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posted June 24, 2006 at 10:46 pm

According to Gallup, well-educated, well-compensated men living on the coasts are less likely to believe in God compared to other cohorts. (hear that, all you Midwestern single gals?) These numbers left me wondering how today’s statistics differ from the 1950’s, a time we idealize in our imaginations. Another interesting statistical story can be found in the 2005 Religion & Family survey conducted by Greenberg Quinlan, available @ This survey looks at how believers of all stripes look at marriage, child rearing and family life in general. Also, Harris Interactive conducted a survey about three years ago that looked at belief in relation to church attendance. Given the prominence of evangelicals in the news, I was surprised to learn that less than 40% of us attend services at least monthly, and only 1 in 4 attend weekly. But again, that survey is 3-years old. Find it @ Like everyone, I’m clobbered with a slew of statistics daily, and I often don’t know what to believe. One book that helped me better understand statistics (and their use/misuse) was Joseph Tal’s Reading Between the Numbers: Statistical Thinking in Everyday Life, and for a little history, David Salsburg’s The Lady Tasting Tea. >

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posted June 24, 2006 at 11:58 pm

Living in the midwest doesn’t make me enamored of atheists; I don’t know why I married one but it didn’t work out in large part due to that. Next I married someone more of my persuasion and the difference is like night and day. It doesn’t seem like a lot of singles take spiritual similarities and differences into account at all when choosing a partner. To me it’s the most important thing, at least compatibility factor wise, in a long term relationship.>

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posted June 28, 2006 at 2:21 pm

Maybe being down in the polls has to do with the Prez’s clear abuse of G-d in the workplace.>

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