According to the reputable TV Guide.
But if you change the question to be a bit more specific — “Are you absolutely certain in the existence of god?” — 42% will say no.
My education in psychology, or more specifically psychometric, taught me to view all subjective response surveys with a critical eye. That is, the answer is wholly dependent on the question, and many times the questioner. A simple and sometime harmless change in the question can render a completely different response.
What is interesting to me is the difference in “absolute certainty” found in difference religious denominations.
76 percent of Protestants, 64 percent of Catholics, and 30 percent of Jews say they are “absolutely certain” there is a God. However, most Christians who describe themselves as “Born Again” (93%) are absolutely certain there is a God.
That is some consistent certainty.
Also, it is interesting to see what demographics tend to have more “absolute certainty” than others — 50 and over, female, African Americans, republicans, and with no college education.
But they do agree on one thing — god is *not* a female. Only 1% of people found this to be true (and I assume with absolute certainty). The public is almost equally divided between those who think of God as male (36%) and “neither male nor female” (37%), with 10 percent saying “both male and female.”
Thankfully, this type of fanatical thinking is on the decline. Three years ago 79% of adults stated they believed in god and 66% were absolutely certain in the existence of god. Now, 73% believe and 58% are certain. If this remains linear, in about 25 years more people will be certain in the non-existence as the existence.
Note: I’m not saying anyone is right. I’m just considered with a position such as “absolute certainty”. I respect, or at least understand, the Doubting Thomas. Typically, the only thing I am going to be absolute certain about are mathematical facts (1+1=2).