- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 17, 2008

By the numbers

78 percent of Americans believe in God, 15 percent believe in a universal spirit, 6 percent are atheists.

89 percent of conservatives belive in God, 9 percent believe in a universal power, 2 percent are atheists.

62 percent of liberals believe in God, 24 percent in a universal spirit, 13 percent are atheists.

89 percent of Republicans believe in God, 9 percent believe in a universal spirit, 1 percent are atheists.

77 percent of Democrats believe in God, 14 percent believe in a universal spirit, 8 percent are atheists.

Source: A Gallup survey of 1,017 adults released July 28 with a margin of error of three percentage points.

Quotes of note

“It’s going to be a three-way race.” - Ralph Nader, on announcing he plans to stage rallies outside the Democratic and Republican conventions.

“Apparently, we are not, in fact, worthy.” — McCain campaign adviser Michael Goldfarb after actor Mike Myers forced the campaign to remove an unauthorized “Wayne’s World” clip from an advertising spot.

“Reflections on Gender and Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign: The Good, the Bad, and the Misogynic.” — Title of a lecture by Rutgers University political scientist Susan Carroll at the 104th annual meeting of the American Political Science Association on Aug. 28.

“World’s largest gathering of political scientists and observers of politics.” — How the aforementioned meeting bills itself.

Days of yore

Not quite sure where to land, our earliest bureaucrats moved the nation’s capital from Philadelphia to New York City on this day in 1790; the final move to Washington came two years later.

Happy birthday to Davy Crockett, born near Limestone, Tenn., on Aug. 17, 1786.

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