Where Boomer Faith in God Is Low, Gen Z Belief Is Up

What nearly 20,000 people in 26 countries believe about God, Satan, and the supernatural.

Countries with more baby boomers who say they believe in God as described in “holy scriptures” (including the Bible, the Qur’an, and the Torah) are less likely to have members of Gen Z who do.

But countries with fewer boomers who hold this belief are more likely to have members of Gen Z who do.

In a recent Ipsos Global Advisor survey of nearly 20,000 adults from across 26 countries, the researchers found that in nine countries where less than one-third of adults believe in God as described in holy scriptures, Generation Z was more likely to hold these convictions than boomers.

In Northern and Western Europe, Gen Z was more likely than the boomer generation to say they believe in heaven, supernatural spirits, hell, and the Devil. In places like South Africa and India, however, boomers were more likely than Gen Z members to believe in these aspects of the spiritual realm.

Boomers were also more likely than younger people to identify as Christian in half of the countries.

This study was conducted via face-to-face and online interviews. However, only Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the US numbers can be considered representative of their general adult population.

“Samples in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, and Turkey are more urban, more educated, and/or more affluent than the general population,” explains Ipsos. “The survey results for these countries should be viewed as reflecting the views of the more ‘connected’ segment of their population. India’s sample represents a large subset of its urban population—social …

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