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MOST AMERICANS BELIEVE IN GOD, HEAVEN - BUT SOME TENETS DON'T FARE AS WELL

The overwhelming majority of Americans believe in God and heaven, but significant minorities of Christians do not believe in such tenets of their religion as the virgin birth, according to the Harris Poll.

About 95 percent of those surveyed said they believe in God and 90 percent said they believe in heaven, according to the poll released Sunday.Of the four in five Americans who describe themselves as Christian, 99 percent believe in God, 89 percent in the survival of the soul after death, 87 percent in miracles and 85 percent in the virgin birth of Jesus.

Slightly more than three-fourths of the Christians polled believe in the devil and hell.

Surprisingly, many non-Christians in the poll ascribe to uniquely Christian beliefs, including 52 percent who believe in the resurrection, and 49 percent in the virgin birth.

Belief in other supernatural phenomena is less widespread among Americans, the poll found. Among Christians and non-Christians alike, only 36 percent believe in ghosts. Non-Christians are slightly more likely to be among the 37 percent of Americans who believe in astrology.

The poll was taken by phone July 25-28 with 1,249 adults. Results have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.