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People pray while participating in the America for Jesus prayer rally, Friday Sept. 28, 2012, on Independence Mall in Philadelphia. Christian conservatives who blame “moral depravity” for everything from the recession to terrorism are converging on Philadelphia for a rally they hope will spark a religious revival as Election Day nears. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)

Americans have some serious misconceptions about the number of believers there are in the country.

According to a Global Survey from Ipsos MORI, Americans think 56 percent of the country is Christian, when it is actually closer to 78 percent, and 15 percent of the country is Muslim, when it’s really just 1 percent.

The survey analyzed how the general population in multiple countries perceive religious groups in their area. It found that the United States is the second most-uninformed country in the world, ranking behind Italy.

According to the survey, Christian-majority countries guess their country is 51 percent Christian, when it's actually 61 percent. On average, people think 16 percent of their country is Muslim, when it's really 3 percent, the survey found.

“These misperceptions present clear issues for informed public debate and policy-making,” said Bobby Duffy, managing director of Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute, in a statement.


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