Angels play a major role in the Christmas story, but a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows they are a year-round presence for most, with 77% of adults saying they believe in their existence.
The poll shows belief in angels is primarily tied to religion, with 88% of Christians, 95% of evangelical Christians and 94% of those who attend weekly religious services of any sort saying they believe in such ethereal beings.
But belief in angels is fairly widespread even among the less religious. A majority of non-Christians think angels exist, as do more than 4 in 10 of those who never attend religious services.
The finding mirrors a 2006 AP-AOL poll, which found 81% believed in angels.