If a majority of New Jersey residents are right, we won’t be completely dead when we die. A new Monmouth University poll dived into what state resident believe in. Overall, 64% of New Jerseyans believe in life after death, 51% believe in the theory of evolution, 49% believe in life on other planets, and 38% believe in astrology. Compared to a similar series of questions posed by the Eagleton-Rutgers Poll 12 years ago, belief in life after death is down by 4 points, evolution by 2 points, life on other planets by 7 points and astrology by 1 point.
The poll also asked how New Jerseyans view the Bible. Nearly half (49%) see it as the inspired word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally. At the opposite ends of the spectrum, 24% say that it is indeed the literal word of God while a similar 20% say it is only a book of fables, history, and moral precepts.