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
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
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.
Rasmussen Reports has recently released
Virginia polling data on the 2005 race for
Governor, the 2006 U.S.
Senate race, and thoughts about
Hillary Clinton in 2008.
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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.