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"In sepulchral black and red, the cover of Time magazine, dated April 8, 1966, Good Friday,
introduced millions of readers to existential anguish with the question "Is God Dead?".
In August, 2005
"GOD IS ALIVE
and Well In the United States of America"
with
Newsweek/Poll Results:
"On spiritual matters, the United States is still one nation, under GOD"
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Pastor Gerry M. Kaye
Aug. 24, 2005; 7:30 A. M., PT

"Newsweek Poll: Was The Universe Created By GOD? Response: Yes: WEB-75%; Yes: Newsweek-80%"
News Release - 8/ 24/05 -  U.S.A. - In a Newsweek Magazine Poll taken Aug. 2-4, 2005, which interviewed 1,004 adults by telephone, one of the questions posed was: Do you believe that the Universe was created by GOD?  Response was: Yes  75%  80%;  No  9%  10%;  Don't believe in God  6%  1%;  Don't know  10%  9%.

"Move over, politics. Americans are looking for personal, ecstatic experiences of God, and, according to our poll, they don't much care what the neighbors are doing. Forget red and blue.On spiritual matters, the United States is still one nation, under God, according to a Newsweek/Beliefnet poll."- "In Search of the Spiritual"- Newsweek Magazine Aug. 29 - Sept. 5, 2005 issue - By Jerry Adler

Newsweek Magazine's Poll, conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates, interviewed 1,004 adults by telephone on Aug. 2-4, 2005. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points. Percentages may not total 100 percent for each question due to non responses and rounding.

Newsweek/Poll Results: Aug. 2-4, 2005
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The percentages labeled NEWSWEEK represent the results of the national poll, not including your responses.
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The percentages labeled WEB are results from the online poll and include your responses.

Which of the following four choices best describes you.  * 126411 web responses

                        .RESPONSES: WEB - NEWSWEEK / Beliefnet

 Spiritual, but NOT religious  32% - 24%
 Religious, but NOT spiritual  3%  9%
 Religious AND spiritual  52%  55%
 NOT spiritual and NOT religious  11%  8%
 Don't know  2%  4%

 How important is spirituality in your daily life?  * 126430 web responses

                        .RESPONSES: WEB - NEWSWEEK / Beliefnet

 Very important in your daily life  60%  57%
 Somewhat important  19%  27%
 Not too important  8%  7%
 Not at all important  11%  7%
 Don't know  1%  2%

 What is your present religion?  * 126501 web responses

                        .RESPONSES: WEB - NEWSWEEK / Beliefnet

 Christian--Evangelical Protestant  27%  33%
 Christian--Non-Evangelical Protestant  11%  25%
 Christian--Roman Catholic  15%  22%
 Christian--Mormon  3%  1%
 Christian--Orthodox Church  1%  0%
 Other Christian/Christian unspecified  15%  4%
 Jewish  1%  1%
 Muslim  1%  1%
 Hindu  1%  1%
 Buddhist  1%  1%
 Other religion  4%  1%
 Atheist/Agnostic/No religion  14%  6%
 Religion Undesignated  7%  4%

 Comparing your religion today with the religion in which you were raised by your family, is your present religion the same,
MOSTLY the same, mostly DIFFERENT, or completely different?  * 126538 web responses

                        .RESPONSES: WEB - NEWSWEEK / Beliefnet

 The same  24%  38%
 Mostly the same  33%  30%
 Mostly different  16%  9%
 Completely different  14%  11%
 Not raised in any religion  6%  3%
 Became an atheist/agnostic  7%  4%
 Don't know  1%  5%

 If you answered MOSTLY DIFFERENT or COMPLETELY DIFFERENT, what religion were you raised in?
* 57152 web responses

                        .RESPONSES: WEB - NEWSWEEK / Beliefnet

 Christian--Evangelical Protestant  17%  22%
 Christian--Non-Evangelical Protestant  21%  28%
 Christian--Roman Catholic  34%  32%
 Christian--Mormon  2%  3%
 Christian--Orthodox Church  1%  0%
 Other Christian/Christian unspecified  11%  3%
 Jewish  2%  1%
 Muslim  1%  1%
 Hindu  0%  1%
 Buddhist  1%  0%
 Other religion  2%  0%
 Atheist/Agnostic/No religion  5%  7%
 Religion Undesignated  4%  2%

 If you have any brothers or sisters, is their religion today the same or mostly the same as the religion in
which they were raised by your family?  * 123239 web responses

                        .RESPONSES: WEB - NEWSWEEK / Beliefnet

 Religion is the same/mostly the same  56%  62%
 Any changed religion or stopped practicing religion  25%  23%
 Don't have any (living) brothers or sisters  5%  8%
 Not raised in any religion  6%  1%
 Don't know  7%  6%

 What is your marital status?  * 126284 web responses

                        .RESPONSES: WEB - NEWSWEEK / Beliefnet

 Married  57%  52%
 Living with a partner  5%  4%
 Divorced  9%  10%
 Separated  1%  3%
 Widowed  2%  9%
 Never married/Single  25%  22%

 If you are married or live with a partner, is their religion  * 86867 web responses

                        .RESPONSES: WEB - NEWSWEEK / Beliefnet

 The same as your religion  57%  70%
 Mostly the same as your religion  19%  14%
 Mostly different as your religion  6%  5%
 Completely different as your religion  7%  10%
 Spouse/Partner is atheist/agnostic/has no religion  11%  1%

 If you practice a religion, do you think of yourself as  * 109848 web responses

                        .RESPONSES: WEB - NEWSWEEK / Beliefnet

 Very traditional  19%  27%
 Somewhat traditional  42%  44%
 Not traditional  23%  19%
 On the cutting edge  7%  6%
 Don't know  8%  4%

 If religious, what is the main reason you practice?  * 104903 web responses

                        .RESPONSES: WEB - NEWSWEEK / Beliefnet

 To forge a personal relationship with God  57%  39%
 To be a better person and live a moral life  13%  30%
 To find happiness and peace of mind  7%  17%
 To connect with something larger than yourself  6%  10%
 To give your life meaning and structure  4%  8%
 To be part of a community  1%  3%
 Other most important reason  3%  1%
 None rated very important  4%  10%
 Don't know  4%  2%

 How often do you attend church or worship services?  * 124034 web responses

                        .RESPONSES: WEB - NEWSWEEK / Beliefnet

 Every day  1%  2%
 Several times a week  17%  13%
 Once a week  30%  30%
 Once or twice a month  8%  15%
 A few times a year  10%  13%
 Seldom  14%  14%
 Never  19%  12%
 Don't know  0%  1%

 How often do you participate in a spiritual activity not connected with a traditional church or house of worship,
either alone or with others?  * 124708 web responses

                        .RESPONSES: WEB - NEWSWEEK / Beliefnet

 Every day  33%  21%
 Several times a week   18%  11%
 Once a week  7%  11%
 Once or twice a month  6%  14%
 A few times a year  7%  9%
 Seldom  11%  12%
 Never  16%  19%
 Don't know  2%  3%

 How often do you read the Bible, Koran, or some other sacred text?  * 125115 web responses

                        .RESPONSES: WEB - NEWSWEEK / Beliefnet

 Every day  17%  20%
 Several times a week  20%  13%
 Once a week  9%  12%
 Once or twice a month  7%  11%
 A few times a year  9%  9%
 Seldom  16%  16%
 Never  20%  17%
 Don't know  0%  2%

 How often do you pray?  * 125085 web responses

                        .RESPONSES: WEB - NEWSWEEK / Beliefnet

 Every day  55%  64%
 Several times a week  15%  10%
 Once a week  3%  5%
 Once or twice a month  4%  4%
 A few times a year  3%  2%
 Seldom  7%  6%
 Never  13%  8%
 Don't know  1%  1%

 How often do you meditate?  * 124652 web responses

                        .RESPONSES: WEB - NEWSWEEK / Beliefnet

 .Every day  19%  29%
 Several times a week  17%  10%
 Once a week  5%  6%
 Once or twice a month  7%  4%
 A few times a year  5%  2%
 Seldom  16%  10%
 Never  28%  36%
 Don't know  4%  3%

 In which one of the following situations do you personally feel most connected with God or the divine?
* 124855 web responses

                        .RESPONSES: WEB - NEWSWEEK / Beliefnet

 When you are praying alone or meditating  37%  40%
 When you are in nature  22%  21%
 When you are in a house of worship  16%  21%
 When you are praying with others  5%  6%
 When you a reading a sacred text  3%  2%
 None of these/Doesn't apply  15%  6%
 Don't know  2%  4%

 Do you believe that the Universe was created by God?  * 125666 web responses

                        .RESPONSES: WEB - NEWSWEEK / Beliefnet

 Yes  75%  80%
 No  9%  10%
 Don't believe in God  6%  1%
 Don't know  10%  9%

 Which of the following do you think is the most important purpose of prayer?
* 124422 web responses

                        .RESPONSES: WEB - NEWSWEEK / Beliefnet

 To seek God's guidance  32%  27%
 To thank God  16%  23%
 To be close to God or the divine  26%  19%
 To help others  3%  13%
 To improve a person's life  6%  9%
 None of these/Other  13%  4%
 Don't know  4%  5%

 Which one of the following four statements best describes your views about what happens when someone dies?
* 124956 web responses

                        .RESPONSES: WEB - NEWSWEEK / Beliefnet

 It's all over, there is no soul  9%  6%
 The soul goes to heaven or hell  61%  67%
 There is no heaven or hell, but the soul lives on in some kind of spiritual realm  15%  13%
 The soul is reincarnated into another creature  5%  5%
 Don't know  10%  9%

 If you are an Evangelical Protestant, how often do you explore spiritual ideas or practices of other religious faiths in addition to your own?
* 59538 web responses                        .

                        .RESPONSES: WEB - NEWSWEEK / Beliefnet

 Often  9%  7%
 Sometimes  25%  23%
 Hardly ever  18%  33%
 Never  29%  35%
 Don't know  19%  2%

 If you are a Non-Evangelical Protestant, how often do you explore spiritual ideas or practices of other religious faiths in addition to your own?
* 55921 web responses
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                        .RESPONSES: WEB - NEWSWEEK / Beliefnet

 Often  13%  6%
 Sometimes  25%  25%
 Hardly ever  15%  31%
 Never  27%  37%
 Don't know  21%  1%

 If you are Catholic, how often do you explore spiritual ideas or practices of other religious faiths in addition to your own?
* 37087 web responses

                        .RESPONSES: WEB - NEWSWEEK / Beliefnet

 Often  13%  8%
 Sometimes  23%  27%
 Hardly ever  13%  28%
 Never  28%  36%
 Don't know  23%  1%

 If you are not Christian, how often do you explore spiritual ideas or practices of other religious faiths in addition to your own?
* 37704 web responses

                        .RESPONSES: WEB - NEWSWEEK / Beliefnet

Often  18%  17%
 Sometimes  23%  31%
 Hardly ever  11%  32%
 Never  28%  12%
 Don't know  20%  8%

 For Evangelical Christians--can a good person who isn't of your religious faith go to heaven or attain salvation, or not?
* 58116 web responses

                        .RESPONSES: WEB - NEWSWEEK / Beliefnet

 Yes  48%  68%
 No  30%  22%
 Don't know  22%  10%

 For non-Evangelical Christians--can a good person who isn't of your religious faith go to heaven or attain salvation, or not?
* 47276 web responses

                        .RESPONSES: WEB - NEWSWEEK / Beliefnet

 Yes  63%  83%
 No  12%  10%
 Don't know  25%  7%

 For Catholics--can a good person who isn't of your religious faith go to heaven or attain salvation, or not?
* 35445 web responses

                        .RESPONSES: WEB - NEWSWEEK / Beliefnet

Yes  64%  91%
 No  7%  3%
 Don't know  28%  6%

 For non-Christians--can a good person who isn't of your religious faith go to heaven or attain salvation, or not?
* 32394 web responses

                        .RESPONSES: WEB - NEWSWEEK / Beliefnet

 Yes  55%  73%
 No  9%  3%
 Don't know  35%  24%

 Regardless of how you might have voted in recent elections, do you consider yourself a Republican, Democrat, or Independent?
* 124507 web responses

                        .RESPONSES: WEB - NEWSWEEK / Beliefnet

 Republican  39%  30%
 Democrat  26%  33%
 Independent  22%  30%
 No party/Not interested in politics  8%  4%
 Other party  2%  0%
 Don't know  3%  3%

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