According to a Gallup poll, a majority of Americans don’t doubt that Jesus will return to earth. In a separate poll conducted in Iowa, extramarital sex and coveting a neighbor’s spouse headed the list of “major sins.”
The findings were reported earlier this year in Emerging Trends, a newsletter of the Princeton Religion Research Center. The research center is affiliated with the Gallup polling organization.
In a nationwide Gallup poll, 62 percent of those responding said they had no doubts about Jesus’ return. Sixteen percent indicated “some” doubts, and 10 percent had “serious” doubts. Eleven percent had no opinion, and 1 percent said Christ’s return either already had occurred or is happening in the hearts of believers. A breakdown by age group showed those aged 18 to 24 are as likely to believe in Christ’s return as those aged 25 to 49.
The survey showed that among those who say religion is very important in their lives, the certainty of Christ’s return jumps to 79 percent. A higher proportion of Protestants (74 percent) than Catholics (59 percent) said they believe in the Second Coming. The overall findings closely parallel the results from a 1960 Gallup poll in which 55 percent said they believed Christ would return to earth.
In a separate survey conducted by the Des Moines Register and Tribune Company (owner of Iowa Poll), Iowa residents were asked to rank 14 activities as a “major sin,” a “minor sin,” or “not a sin.” Leading the list of major sins were extramarital sex and coveting a neighbor’s spouse, both mentioned by 83 percent of the respondents. Homosexual acts were called a major sin by 70 percent of those taking the survey.
Other major sins included lying (61 percent), smoking marijuana (54 percent), and premarital ...1
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