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  47% Pray Daily

Survey of 1,000 Adults

April 21-22, 2005

Is the Bible Literally True and the Word of God?

  Every Day



All 47% 18%
Catholics 40% 14%
Evangelical 66% 9%
Protestant 52% 14%
Other 35% 31%



April 25, 2005--Forty-seven percent (47%) of Americans say that they pray every day or nearly every day. A Rasmussen Reports survey found that 18% say they rarely or never pray.

Among Evangelical Christians, 66% pray daily while 9% of this group say they rarely or never pray. Fifty-two percent (52%) of other Protestants pray daily along with 40% of American Catholics.

Related surveys found that 63% of Americans believe the Bible is literally true and the Word of God. Also, American Catholics have a favorable opinion of the new Pope.

Fifty-three percent (53%) of women say that they pray daily along with 40% of men.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of Republicans pray daily along with 47% of Democrats and 38% of those not affiliated with either major party.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of black Americans pray daily along with 45% of White Americans.

While older Americans are a bit more likely to participate in daily prayer, 36% of American adults under 30 hold that view. Another 14% of young adults pray several times a week.

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The telephone survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted by Rasmussen Reports April 23-24, 2005.  The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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