A recent poll has revealed that more than eight in 10 American adults believe in God but only three in 10 feel God actually has a power over what occurs on Earth, and only one percent believe that God is a female.
Not all of the 82 percent of Americans who told the Harris polling agency that they believe in God were unshakable in their belief: only 59 percent were "absolutely certain" there is a God, while 15 percent were somewhat certain, the survey showed.
AdvertisementBorn again Christians were the most likely to believe -- 87 percent, followed by Protestants taken as a whole (76 percent), Republicans (72 percent), southerners (69 percent) and around two-thirds of blacks and women.
The least likely to believe in God were young and university-educated.
More than a third of degree-holders and post-graduates did not believe in God, and more than four in 10 people in their mid- to late-20s were non-believers, the survey showed.
About a third of people living on the east and west coasts were also non-believers.
Nearly four in 10 Americans (38 percent) think God is a man -- probably something to do with the repetitive phrase "God the father" in Christian rites -- and almost the same number, 34 percent, think God is neither male nor female.
Less than one percent think He is a She and around 11 percent think God is both male and female.
When it comes to how much control God has over what happens on Earth, 43 percent think He merely observes what goes on but doesn't intervene, while 30 percent think He exercises control over events on Earth.
Harris surveyed 2,303 adults online from November 2 to 11 for the poll.