In disappointing news for the intellectual health of a nation, a recent poll shows a majority of Americans believe in the devil.
57 percent of Americans believe in the devil, and 51 percent of Americans believe someone can be possessed by the devil or some other evil spirit, according to the recently released poll.
YouGov published a survey of 1000 US adults interviewed on exorcism and possession on Sept. 17. The results show that roughly half of Americans believe in possession, although most say it happens infrequently.
The numbers show that African Americans, women, and Republicans are most likely to fall victim to religious superstion: 72 percent of African Americans and 61 percent of women said the devil exists; while Republicans said the devil exists more than Democrats, 65 percent to 55 percent.
Thed poll also demonstrates that belief in the devil is closely associated with Christianity: 80 percent of Christians believe in the devil, while only 25 percent of Muslims and 17 percent of Jews believe in the devil.
It is sad to see so many Americans succumb to religious superstition. Such ignorance ultimately threatens the intellectual health of the nation.