Fewer Believe in the Resurrection

by Steve Ray on April 2, 2013

April 1, 2013

By Dan Joseph

A study released by the Rasmussen Reports polling firm on Good Friday found that 64% of Americans believe that Jesus Christrose from the dead.

While Americans who believe in the resurrection remain in the majority, that number is down significantly when compared to a Rasmussen Poll that asked the same question, released a year ago.

On April 7th, 2012 Rasmussen released a poll finding that 77% of Americans believed the resurrection of Christ to be historical fact.

The difference between the two polls shows a 13 percentage point drop in the number of Americans who believe that Christ rose from the dead, since last Easter.

Additionally, this year’s poll found that 19% of Americans reject the central tenant of the Christian faith and do not believe that Christ was resurrected.  That’s compared to only 7% who said they didn’t believe that Christ rose from the dead a year ago.  A staggering 12 percentage point jump.

My question is what made such a difference in one year?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Edward C. April 2, 2013 at 8:29 AM

The first question I would want to ask is: what is the percent margin of error on the polls?

Kathy April 2, 2013 at 12:47 PM

I don’t know, but I did notice that the church was not nearly as full this Good Friday or Easter Sunday.

Tom N April 3, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Our Church was way over on all Masses this year… but, we have great Priests who adhere to Catholic teaching, not Catholic-lite, or watered-down Catholicism as I call it. I think some people my just have slipped into dispair when 0bama was re-elected… hard to say.

christine mcgrath April 3, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Can you offer us some proofs of the resurrection? I have a class and when looking online, came up with little that really had punch. There was ALOT debunking the resurrection. Please give good answers for youth.


Jacky April 3, 2013 at 7:53 PM

It’s either the History Channel or people can’t square up their new support of fake marriage and baby killing with Christ rising from the dead and all of its implications, so they got rid of the Resurrection and kept happy fuzzy Jesus who likes fake marriage and wants everyone to be happy even if you do have to kill your child to do so. Based on how fast these things are being accepted–especially by Christians– it would seem reasonable (unreasonably speaking) that the belief in the Resurrection would be inversely related and a decrease in belief in Good would be proportional to the increase in the acceptance of evil.

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