Most Americans admit they’re “sinners” and aren’t too happy about it, though 18 percent of the public doesn’t actually believe sin exists (10 percent) or believes they are simply not sinners (8 percent), according to a new poll.
LifeWay Research found that 67 percent of Americans believe they are sinners, with only 5 percent saying that they’re okay with their sinful nature.
More than three-in-1o Americans (34 percent) said that they are sinners working on being less sinful, with 28 percent saying that they are sinners who rely on Jesus to overcome their wrongs.
Meanwhile, 15 percent declined to answer when asked to describe if they are sinners, leaving the door open to a large group of people who either aren’t sure where they stand on sin or simply didn’t want to give a response.
The survey is especially fascinating due to the fact that, amid rising secularism, perceived sin still bothers people.
“Almost nobody wants to be a sinner,” Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research, said in a statement.
Here’s a bar graph mapping out the results:
Read more about the research here. What do you think?