Fewer Americans than ever believe in God, a new Gallup poll reported Friday morning.
The new 81% of Americans who say they believe in God is down 6 percentage points from 2017 and 11 points in 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.
About 28% of all Americans say that God hears a person’s prayers but “cannot intervene,” and 11% say that God neither hears nor answers prayers.
The 2022 poll, conducted May 2-22, revealed that 17% of Americans said they didn’t believe in God, with 1% saying they “had no opinion” on the issue.
The decline among those who say they believe in God comes on the heels of a 2021 Gallup poll showing that 47% of Americans were members of a church, the first time that number has dropped below 50%, the researchers said.
Gallup said the demographics with the biggest decline in faith “are also the groups that are currently least likely to believe in God”: The groups with the biggest declines are also the groups that are currently least likely to believe in God: liberals ( 62%), young adults (68%) and Democrats (72%).
The research firm said belief in God is highest among political conservatives (94%) and Republicans (92%). Gallup said this finding shows that “religiosity is a major determinant of political divisions” in America.
Gallup said the poll surveyed a random selection of 1,007 adults age 18 and older in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The poll had a margin of error of 4 percentage points.