While the vast majority of American adults still profess a belief in God, their ranks are shrinking, according to a new study published by Gallup.

According to a May survey, 81% of U.S. adults now believe in God, which is six percentage points lower than 2017 and the lowest ever recorded in a Gallup poll, going back to 1944.

Between 1944 and 2011, Gallup says more than 90% of Americans believed in God. Between the 1950s and 1960s, a consistent 98% said they believed in God.

The decline in faith is most stark among younger, left-leaning Americans. These groups dropped 10 or more percentage points comparing the 2022 figures to an average of polls taken between 2013 and 2017.

“Most other key subgroups have experienced at least a modest decline, although conservatives and married adults have had essentially no change,” the Gallup study reports.

Among those least likely to believe in God are liberals (62%), young adults (68%) and Democrats (72%).

“Belief in God is highest among political conservatives (94%) and Republicans (92%), reflecting that religiosity is a major determinant of political divisions in the U.S.,” the study found.

When digging deeper in the religious beliefs of those surveyed, Gallup found that 42% of all Americans say, “God hears prayers and can intervene on a person’s behalf.” Meanwhile, 28% of all Americans said, “God hears prayers but cannot intervene.”

While belief in God has declined in recent years, Gallup reports that it has documented steeper drops in church attendancechurch membership and confidence in organized religion.

This latest survey did not look at individual regions of the country, but Alaska has long registered as one of the least religious states in the nation.

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Gallup Poll: Less Americans say they believe in God

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.