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Sin losing its grip on Americans

A recent Gallup poll of 1007 adults in the US found that 84% believe in sin, while 14% do not.

"Although many social observers maintain that the United States is in a period of 'postmodernism' - a time of fragmentation of religious and cultural norms - it is interesting to note that the vast majority ... continue to affirm a belief in the concept or doctrine of 'sin,'" George H. Gallup Jr. chairman of the George H. Gallup International Institute, wrote in a commentary on the poll.

Yet, that number is down from 1995, when 90% attested to believing in sin.

The 14% who said they do not believe in sin is the highest total in 22 years, according to Gallup.

Adults 18 and older were called at random for the poll, and their response to the question about sin showed little difference based on their age, race, sex and level of formal education.

Catholic News Service

The Gallup Organisation | Belief in Sin Remains Prevalent in U.S.
Catechism of the Catholic Church | The Fall |

12 May 2003