Fewer Americans than ever believe in God, according to a new Gallup poll Friday morning.
The new figure of 81% of Americans who say they believe in God is down 6 percentage points from 2017 and 11 points from a 2011 poll.
But less than half of those who say they believe in God – 42% according to Gallup – say God hears and answers prayers.
Some 28% of all Americans say God hears a person’s prayers but “cannot intervene,” and 11% say God neither hears nor answers prayers.
The 2022 survey, conducted between May 2 and May 22, found that 17% of Americans said they did not believe in God, and 1% said they had “no opinion” on the matter.
The drop among those who say they believe in God follows a 2021 Gallup survey showing that 47% of Americans were members of a church, the first time that number has fallen below 50%, pollsters said.
Gallup said the demographics with the largest declines in faith “are also the groups that are currently the least likely to believe in God”: The groups with the largest declines are also the groups that are currently the least likely to believe in God: Liberals (62%), Young Adults (68%) and Democrats (72%).
The polling firm said belief in God is highest among political conservatives (94%) and Republicans (92%). Gallup claimed that this discovery shows that “religiosity is a major determinant of political divisions” in America.
Gallup said the poll interviewed a random selection of 1,007 adults ages 18 and older in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The survey had a margin of error of 4 percentage points.