Religion: Counting Souls

In a speech to Episcopalians in Minneapolis last week, George Gallup Jr., 46, president of the American Institute of Public Opinion and an active member of the denomination, announced that this is the "Year of the Evangelical." A new Gallup poll of 1,553 Americans who were interviewed in person five weeks ago showed the strength of Evangelical religion in the U.S. Highlights of the poll:

> A startling 34% of all Americans —about one-half of the country's Protestants—say they have had a "born-again" experience, a turning point when they committed themselves to Jesus Christ. That projects to nearly 50 million Americans over...

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