Poll: Belief in supreme being strong across globe

April 29, 2011

(A Pakistani Hindu devotee throws rose petals while praying at the Shri Hinglaj Mata Temple in Balochistan April 25, 2011/Akhtar Soomro)

Belief in a god, or a supreme being, and some sort of afterlife is strong in many countries around the globe, according to a new Ipsos/Reuters poll.

Fifty-one percent of the 18,829 people across 23 countries who took part in the survey said they were convinced there is an afterlife and a divine entity, while 18 percent said they don’t believe in a god and 17 percent weren’t sure.

But only 28 percent believe in creationism, the belief that a god created humans, compared to 41 percent who believe in human evolution and 31 percent who simply don’t know what to believe.

“It may seem to many that we live in a secular world but this survey shows just how important spiritual life is to so many global citizens with half saying they believe in a spiritual being and the same proportion in an afterlife of some sort or other,” said Bobby Duffy, the London-based managing director of the Social Research Institute at Ipsos.

“The other really interesting thing is that such a large proportion of the remaining people are just not sure there is a spiritual explanation either for how they got here or what happens after they die,” Duffy added.

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