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Rasmussen: Older people are more likely to believe in God and an afterlife


WASHINGTON (CIRCA) -- The existence of God has been a subject toiled over by philosophers and religious leaders for centuries. New polling from ScottRasmussen.com shows that 58 percent of Americans are absolutely certain that God exists, while 8 percent are absolutely certain that God does not exist. Another 18 percent believe God probably exists and 8 percent say God probably does not.

"When we say that 58 percent are certain that God exists, that doesn't necessarily mean the God of the Bible," Rasmussen says. "But there is some sense that there is a certainty that a god or a larger power exists."

Polling also reveals a strong generational gap in the belief in God. Among voters under 35, just 49 percent are “absolutely certain” that God exists. Meanwhile, 61 percent of older voters express that same level of confidence.

"Young voters are less likely to be absolutely certain that God exists," Rasmussen says. "But what you see is there's just a lot more uncertainty. Young people are not rejecting the idea that God exists, they're just not quite as confident."

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