|Survey: This map shows the percentage of people in different countries around the world who believe themselves to be atheists|
A new poll measuring global self-perceptions on beliefs indicates that while 13 percent of the world identify themselves as atheists, nearly half of China's population comprises non-believers. The United States is among the countries where religiosity is notably declining, the poll says.
A 2012 poll called, Global Index of Religion and Atheism, by WIN/Gallup International, asked more than 50,000 people in 40 countries whether they considered themselves "religious," "not religious" or "convinced atheist."
The question read, "Irrespective of whether you attend a place of worship or not, would you say you are a religious person, not a religious persons or a convinced atheist?" And 59 percent of the world said that they think of themselves as religious person, 23 percent said they see themselves as not religious whereas 13 percent said they were convinced atheists.
In the survey, around 47 percent of people living in China described themselves as atheists.
In the United States, 73 percent of those polled said they were religious in 2005. In 2012, it declined by 13 percent, to 60 percent.
Globally, those claiming to be religious, dropped by 9 percent, while atheism rose by 3 percent.
On the other hand, top 10 religious populations include Ghana, Nigeria, Armenia, Fiji, Macedonia, Romania, Iraq, Kenya, Peru and Brazil, respectively.
"It is interesting that Religiosity declines as worldly prosperity of individuals rises," the poll notes ... ► Read the full article by Anugrah Kumar in Christian Post
Source: Christian Post
Author: Anugrah Kumar