A majority of U.S. citizens believe that God is not necessary in order to live a moral life or hold good values, according to a recently published survey.
The Pew Research Center surveyed 38,426 people in 34 countries between late June and early October 2019 to measure the connection between personal beliefs about God and morality.
The numbers indicate that although 70% of Americans believe religion is either "somewhat important" or "very important," more than half (54%) claim God is "not necessary to be moral or have good values."
Forty-four percent of American respondents said they believe God is necessary to "be moral and have good values."
The survey also found that 63% of Americans with politically conservative leanings agreed that belief in God is necessary in order to be moral and have good values.
Only 24% of American respondents who self-identify as leaning to the political left say belief in God is intrinsic to morality.