US Poll: Most reject disasters are sign from God

A poll conducted after the earthquake in Japan shows that most Americans, except Evangelicals, reject the idea that natural disasters are divine punishment, a test of faith or some other sign from God.

The poll found that a majority (56%) of Americans believe God is in control of the earth, but the idea of God employing Mother Nature to dispense judgment (38% of all Americans) or God punishing entire nations for the sins of a few (29%) has less support.

Most white evangelicals (84%) and minority Christians (76%) believe God is in control of everything that happens in the world, compared to slimmer majorities of white mainline Protestants (55%) and Catholics (52%).

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