Fully 69% of adult Americans said they believe in the existence of angels. Only 25% said they do not believe.
Forty-six percent of those polled said they believe they have their own guardian angel, while 21% said they did not think so.
Asked what best describes what angels really are, 55% said that angels are "higher spiritual beings created by God with special powers to act as his agents on earth." Fifteen percent thought angels are spirits of people who have died; 18% said that angels are "an important religious idea but merely symbolic;" and 7% think angels are just figments of the imagination.
Asked if they had ever personally felt an angelic presence, 32% said yes, while 35% said no.
And finally, to the question "Do you believe in the existence of fallen angels, or devils?", 49% said yes, while 45% said no.
These poll results accompanied a long and excellent cover story on angels, published in the December 27, 1993 edition of TIME Magazine and available in the TIME archive in AOL's news department. Recommended reading!
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