Survey: More Americans plan to pray than party for New Year's
December 31st, 2010
04:32 PM ET

Survey: More Americans plan to pray than party for New Year's

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

More Americans plan to pray than party Friday as they mark New Year's Eve, according to a recent survey.

Washington Post On Faith flags a Rasmussen Reports survey released Tuesday that found 42% of Americans will ring in 2011 with a drink, while just 21% plan to attend a New Year's Eve party.

But most Americans - 66% - said they will say a prayer on New Year's.

Twenty-five percent of adults say they will not pray before midnight. (Might this bunch comprise many of the revelers?)

A Rasmussen survey last year reported a similar breakdown in New Year's Eve plans.

The survey of 1,000 adults from across the country was conducted from December 26 to 27 by Rasmussen Reports.

The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence, according to the pollster.

While we're on the subject, what are your New Year's Eve plans?

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Polls • Prayer

soundoff (174 Responses)
  1. mgrsrniitwits

    Seems to me the the moderator is biased. I have apparently been censored for a comment that was equal opportunity in its criticism. Is the moderator evangelical, catholic, islamic or republican? I forgot to include jewish examples like Netenyahu(?) and other religions 'cause I couldn't think of any. My point was: public figures of all ilks use religion to gain followers. They are no better than the non-prayers. Maybe worse.

    December 31, 2010 at 8:15 pm |
    • mgrsrniitwits

      I forgot the possibility of racism. I had the audacity to suggest that the revs. Jackson and Sharpton were on a par with the hypocrites. Not better or worse, just the same.

      December 31, 2010 at 8:24 pm |
    • Mr. Sniffles

      The moderator is a machine that pulls certain words out and blocks a post, even if that word is a fragment of another, legitimate word. No bias, just a lame program.

      December 31, 2010 at 8:26 pm |
    • Thomas

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      September 6, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
  2. David Houston, TX

    Prayer: Something useless you do to make you feel like you did something instead of getting off your as* and really doing something that will make a difference.

    December 31, 2010 at 8:15 pm |
    • NL

      Like buying lottery tickets ... in a lottery where nobody ever wins?

      December 31, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  3. Rev. Dennis Allen Colwell

    Why is a blond blue-eyed guy portrayed as the righteous one? Reminds me of the picture of Christ that one often sees in country churches; where Jesus looks like an anglo-saxon male with eyes like a collie dog.

    December 31, 2010 at 8:13 pm |
    • There Are No Gods!

      Why does it matter? The image of jesus is just that. . .an Image not the real thing as jesus never existed. I am sorry to tell you that jesus is made up! There was never a jesus and there is no god. If you doubt what I say where is the physical proof that jesus existed. Oh yeah! I forgot there cant be any evidence because he rose from the grave to be in heaven! Damn that is convenient no isnt it! No way to prove or dis-prove because he left no remains. . .meanwhile scientists find bones and relics from centuries past before the stories of christ and the christian church, that I guess is also quite convenient isnt it? Yeah, it sure is!

      December 31, 2010 at 8:33 pm |
  4. Couturegal

    I will certainly be attending church services and praying tonight and everyday for a more peaceful and loving world. God is good all the time!

    December 31, 2010 at 8:13 pm |
  5. JT

    Of course prayer works. You always get an answer; Yes, No or Wait.

    December 31, 2010 at 8:10 pm |
    • Know What

      Identical results for wishing upon a star...

      December 31, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
    • NL

      How do you know if it's No, or Wait?

      December 31, 2010 at 11:20 pm |
  6. jopus

    Only 21% go to a party? they sit home and fart on the couch, go upstairs and pray? Americans must be a bunch of losers.

    December 31, 2010 at 8:07 pm |
    • Christina (NJ)

      no it's a lie we party..... sit and fart on the couch on weekends.

      December 31, 2010 at 8:58 pm |
  7. john

    I will also be one of those praying and in a church service to bring in the new year. And I dont know why people are hating on prayer. The God of the Bible is why this nation has become a great nation, and the more that we antagonize God and praying and denounce the fact that America is a Christian nation, the more we will see natural disasters and the calamity that occurs today. Let God be true and every man a liar. And if you read the Bible, you will see that the proof of God's existence is in the pudding. Happy New Year

    December 31, 2010 at 8:02 pm |
    • saganhill

      @John--BullS*** The bible is not fact. And thats a fact. Read something other than a man made book of hate, killing, and other abominations in the name of god = bible. god is for the weakminded who cant think forthemselves.

      December 31, 2010 at 8:06 pm |
    • saganhill

      Now im off to party with my friends. And when you die, may a earth worm enter your ear and wisper the truth of the afterlife. There is no afterlife. When you die, its lights out, no one is home, please drive through...The End. Get over it.

      December 31, 2010 at 8:08 pm |
    • Irisrose

      @John... And if you read the Bible, you will see that the proof of God's existence is in the pudding

      What a load of horseapples! I've read the Bible, thank you. It's full of horrid things done by your god and his chosen ones. (Really, what god needs chosen people when everyone is supposed to be his creation?) Oy, the mental gymnastics believing requires.

      December 31, 2010 at 8:55 pm |
    • tallulah13

      I thought the proof of god was on the pistachio. Now it's in pudding?

      January 1, 2011 at 3:02 am |
  8. Howabout

    How about a party at a church, then pray?

    December 31, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
  9. Lucy

    Praying is the only worthwhile activity for this night. It's time to ask forgiveness for all the stupid stuff we've done in the past year and to offer up our requests for the new one. God IS listening! Getting drunk is just stupid - I'm so over it.

    December 31, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
    • d bryan

      you go.. thats awesome!

      December 31, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
    • saganhill

      Yeah, you "pray" to a nonexistant god for all your stupidity that way in your irrational thinking you wont have to take responsibility for your stupidity when you die. Somehow that will make you get into a nonexistant heavan. Unbeleivable the crap people do to make a nonexistant god happy with their life....Can you say christian brainwashed BS?

      December 31, 2010 at 8:02 pm |
  10. Dan

    That's a good idea. Thanks CNN – I will pray tonight. God has been very good to me and my family and I have a lot to be thankful for. Jesus Christ is the only way!

    December 31, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
  11. G

    Cue the backlash against religion/atheism in 3...2...1...


    December 31, 2010 at 7:52 pm |
  12. Flamebait

    I just prayed for all the prayers to explode into flames at midnight..

    Really people.. pray if you like, believe in sky fairies if you like, but start proselytizing to me in 2011 and pray you have good orthodontist.

    December 31, 2010 at 7:48 pm |
    • Lucy

      My, my ... getting violent now, are we? Hey, we're just trying to save your sorry a**. You would thank us if you had any sense, but no, your mind and heart are too small to open up to the truth of Jesus. Your loss.

      December 31, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
  13. revelations

    The world will end in 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No prayer can stop this!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Godzilla will rise again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 31, 2010 at 7:48 pm |
  14. Superhiro

    Actually genius, it only means that 66% of people SAY they're going to be praying tonight. Hence why this poll is complete and utter BS.

    December 31, 2010 at 7:47 pm |
    • d bryan


      December 31, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
  15. Ken

    There are idiots everywhere who think that having a good time is somehow immoral. Tsk, tsk.

    December 31, 2010 at 7:47 pm |
  16. Kyle

    Prayer is useless. Religion is also a consciousness enslavement. Causes people to only think within the framework of their religion.

    December 31, 2010 at 7:46 pm |
    • d bryan

      wow.. how do you now it is useless? There are millions of praying people daily, tonight just highlights our need to m=communicate enve more so with our loveing God and Creator... im sorry you feel that way.... we will be praying for you tonight... Gods Blessings

      December 31, 2010 at 7:55 pm |
    • Lucy

      Think you have that wrong. The Truth shall set you FREE!

      December 31, 2010 at 7:57 pm |
    • cm

      Says you. Your thinking and judgements are quite limited.

      December 31, 2010 at 9:48 pm |
  17. d bryan

    well... let me just say this.... if the Washington Post found 66% percent of Americans are going to be in prayer tonight, then we can be assured that no less than 66% will be in prayer because typically they do not post such stats.... so AMERICA, despite pop-media public and rogue 'thug public' it looks like America is still a praying, God-fearing nation... nuf said. 🙂

    December 31, 2010 at 7:46 pm |
  18. RightTurnClyde

    While we the majority of us pray and give thanks you 42% non-believers go and have your drinks and get a DUI so you can pay the state some sorely needed money. Look at like a super-sales tax on alcohol. Don't get hurt, mind you, Obamacare does not kick in just yet ... but do be generous at your sentencing and pay whatever the judge asks.

    December 31, 2010 at 7:43 pm |
    • andybud

      42% non-believers?

      If only – what a glorious day that would be in America!

      December 31, 2010 at 8:07 pm |
    • Irisrose

      Riiiiiiight. Because only non-believers get drunk.

      December 31, 2010 at 8:45 pm |
  19. constipated

    Been praying all day I can take a b.m. before midnight... wanna start off the new year without that mcdonalds big mac in my intestines!

    December 31, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
  20. saganhill

    Praying is like playing the Lotto. You never win and if you do you say it was gods will even though there is no proof of god.

    December 31, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
    • Motrek

      No proof of God? What kind of proof are you looking for? How do test for someone who isn't made of matter or energy and is infinitely smarter than you? Here's a suggestion: find out what proofs God has already offered to give you and try them. He will prove himself to you. But be warned, if you won't give him the place of God in your life, you'll not find him. The ball is really in your court.

      December 31, 2010 at 7:49 pm |
    • saganhill

      How typical of people like you. You have no argument that god exist and then tell me the ball is in my court.

      December 31, 2010 at 7:51 pm |
    • saganhill

      @Motrek...Again, I feel sorry for people who have to beleive in something that is not there to make their life feel full. Life is what YOU make it. A god has nothing to do with it unless you're a brainwashed disciple.

      December 31, 2010 at 7:55 pm |
    • Motrek

      Saganhill, read my post again. I'm not offering any proof, God is. Do you really want to find out if he exists or not? Do you want to know how to find out if he exists? Yes or no?
      The big question is will you accept him as your God if he proves himself to you? Or will you be an atheist, that is, one who knows there is a God and who rejects him.

      December 31, 2010 at 8:17 pm |
    • Irisrose

      @Motrek... I'm not offering any proof, God is. ... Or will you be an atheist, that is, one who knows there is a God and who rejects him.

      If your god was offering proof, then an all powerful being should be very able to make it clear what that proof is to a non-beliver. And please, what does it take to get believers to open a freaking dictionary? Atheists do not reject God. You cannot reject something you don't believe/think exists.

      December 31, 2010 at 8:43 pm |
    • Muneef

      will you be an atheist, that is, one who knows there is a God and who rejects him.
      Didn't know that an atheist means some one who knows there is God but reject him!!
      How could they and why?

      December 31, 2010 at 8:54 pm |
    • Motrek

      @Irisrose...He's not my God. And he is very capable of revealing himself to everyone as he will do some day. For the time being he has made himself approachable in a way that will solve man's problem, not just in a way that will satisfy man's intellectual curiosity. Yes, he is offering to prove himself to those who are willing to find him in the way he wants to be found.

      And sorry about using the original meaning of atheist which is one who turns his/her back on God, or rejects God, not necessarily one who is ignorant of God.

      December 31, 2010 at 9:07 pm |
    • Motrek

      @muneef...Just as an example, if you could be given proof of the existence of God even if it meant you had to acknowledge that he is in charge, that this world is his, that we have messed up and are deserving destruction, and that he not only gave us our lives but also had to save us, would you want that proof? Would you want that proof if it meant you would have to grapple with the fact that God loved us enough to let us exercise our free will in rejecting him even though it has caused centuries of suffering? These are tough questions to ask. My point is that it's easier to reject the possiblity of God's existence outright than it is to accept painful truths in order find out he's there.

      December 31, 2010 at 9:25 pm |
    • Irisrose

      @Motrek Not your god? Yet you seem to speak with great authority about what not-your-god is capable of, is doing and wants. This just flabbergasts me.

      December 31, 2010 at 9:37 pm |
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