The survey, which was performed in 30 countries (at least once but often times twice) in 1991, 1998, and 2008.
The countries taking part in the survey were: Australia, Austria, Chile, Cyprus, Czech Rep, Denmark, France, Germany (East), Germany (West), Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Israel , Italy, Japan, Latvia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, The Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.
The results of the survey included the following on a belief in God:
'¢ Varies widely depending on the country and/or culture in the world from which you live
'¢ Ranged from 94% in people in the Philippines to only 13% in people of the former East Germany.
'¢Was higher among older people regardless where they lived in the world. On average, 43% of those aged 68 years and older are certain that God exists, which is compared to 23% of those 27 years and younger.
'¢ Was high in people of the United States, and much higher in the U.S. A. than most developed countries with large Protestant populations. Specifically, 94% of those surveyed said they always had believed in God.
'¢ Was weakest in northwest European countries, like Scandinavia and the former Soviet states (except for Poland).
'¢ Varied widely with regards to whether they ever believed in God. Specifically, people of the former East Germany said they never believed in God 59% of the time, while people of the United States said they never believed in God only 4% of the time.
'¢ Is gradually declining worldwide, but it is increasing in Russia, Slovenia and Israel.
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