Overwhelming Majority of Canadians and Americans Believe in Resurrection – Poll

By Terry Vanderheyden

TORONTO, April 19, 2006 ( – A poll released Sunday has revealed that an overwhelming majority of Canadians and Americans believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The Ipsos Reid survey, commissioned by CanWest and Global News, found that a strong majority in both Canada (73%) and the United States (78%) indicated they believed Jesus Christ “died on the cross and was resurrected to eternal life”.

In contrast, the poll also revealed that 17% of Canadians and 13% of Americans are of the opinion that “Jesus’ apparent death on the cross was faked” and that “Jesus was also married and had a family”. No information on the difference between this and past findings was available; however the authors speculated that the trend towards disbelief in the resurrection may stem from the impact of the block-buster fiction novel the Da Vinci Code.

For the survey, a representative sample of 814 adult Canadians, and 768 adult Americans were interviewed via telephone, from April 11th-12th, 2006.

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