My friend's 15-year-old son commented to me last month that his leaning towards
atheism would prevent him from running for president in his lifetime. I told him
that I hope it would change by the time he was old enough to run. He doudted
I removed all references to politics and the running for president questions can
only be viewed at the link...http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17879317/site/newsweek
NEWSWEEK Poll: 90% Believe in God
The latest NEWSWEEK poll shows that 91 percent of American adults surveyed believe in Godâ€”and nearly half reject the theory of evolution.
By Brian Braiker
Updated: 12:04 p.m. PT March 31, 2007
March 30, 2007 - A belief in God and an identification with an organized religion are widespread throughout the country, according to the latest NEWSWEEK poll. Nine in 10 (91 percent) of American adults say they believe in God and almost as many (87 percent) say they identify with a specific religion. Christians far outnumber members of any other faith in the country, with 82 percent of the pollâ€™s respondents identifying themselves as such. Another 5 percent say they follow a non-Christian faith, such as Judaism or Islam.
Nearly half (48 percent) of the public rejects the scientific theory of evolution; one-third (34 percent) of college graduates say they accept the Biblical account of creation as fact. Seventy-three percent of Evangelical Protestants say they believe that God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years; 39 percent of non-Evangelical Protestants and 41 percent of Catholics agree with that view.
Although one in ten (10 percent) of Americans identify themselves as having "no religion," only six percent said they donâ€™t believe in a God at all. Just 3 percent of the public self-identifies as atheist, suggesting that the term may carry some stigma. Still, the poll suggests that the publicâ€™s tolerance of this small minority has increased in recent years. Nearly half (47 percent) of the respondents felt the country is more accepting of atheists today that it used to be and slightly more (49 percent) reported personally knowing an atheist. Those numbers are higher among respondents under 30 years old, 62 percent of whom report knowing an atheist (compared to just 43 percent of those 50 and older). Sixty-one percent of the under-30 cohort view society as more accepting of atheists (compared to 40 percent of the Americans 50 and older).
Still, it is unlikely that a XXXXX XXXXX (Joe the censor) would serve him or herself well by declaring their atheism. Six in ten (62 percent) registered XXXXs say they would not vote for a XXXXX who is an atheist.
The res of the article contains too many references to Ds and Rs. So it's off limits!