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Percent of Americans Believing in the Resurrection Drops To 64% From 77% Last Easter

By Dan Joseph | April 1, 2013 | 10:53am EDT

A study released by the Rasmussen Reports polling firm on Good Friday found that 64% of Americans believe that Jesus Christ rose 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 tenet 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.

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