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Touched by an angel? Most say they\'ve been protected

Staff Report • Sep 18, 2008 at 12:00 AM

A new survey of the USA\'s religious beliefs and practices finds 55% of all adults — including one in five of those who say they have no religion — believe they have been protected from harm by a guardian angel.

\"I would never have expected these numbers. It was the biggest surprise to me in our findings,\" says sociologist Christopher Bader of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Baylor today will release results of its second national survey on religion.

According to USA Today, the survey, based on interviews with nearly 1,700 adults in fall 2007, updates Baylor\'s 2006 findings on religious affiliation and views of God by adding new questions on topics such as gender and politics, the environment and beliefs about evil.

Members of almost every major religious group sensed angels running heavenly interference: evangelical Protestant, 66%; black Protestant, 81%; mainline Protestant, 55%; Catholic, 57%; Jewish, 10%; other religions, 49%; no religion, 20%.

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