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Poll I

A March (1994) poll for U.S. News and World Report's April 11 issue found that 93% of Americans say they believe in God or a universal spirit. Of those polled, 65% say religion is losing its influence on American life, although 62% say religion is increasing its influence in their personal lives. Other findings: The Bible is the actual word of God to be taken literally, word for word: 34% The Bible is the inspired word of God, but not everything in it can be taken literally: 46% The Bible is an ancient book of legends, history and moral precepts, recorded by man: 16% God is a heavenly father who can be reached by prayers: 76% God is an idea, not a being: 11% God is an impersonal creator: 8%