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Poll: Millions of New Yorkers leaving because of high taxes?

According to a recent poll conducted by Zogby, 38.9% of New Yorkers have either already made plans to leave New York or are considering a move.

While most Christians fall into the ignorance category when it comes to the Holy Spirit, the rest of us fall into the leaky category

I was honestly surprised by the results of a poll conducted in September 2021 by the Cultural Research Center of Arizona Christian University that showed the majority of Christians do not believe the Holy Spirit is a real person. According to the poll, the majority of Americans, 176 million, considered themselves as Christians with 35% self-identifying as born again and 28% self-identifying themselves as Evangelical Christians. Though the two groups are technically different groups, the polling showed that they held primarily the same opinions on multiple issues. But when asked if they believed the Holy Spirit was real, the Christian Post reports that only 38% of the self-identifying born-again Christians believed that the Holy Spirit was a real or living person. The remaining 62% believed the Holy Spirit was only symbolic of God’s power. In other words, the majority of Christians do not believe the Holy Spirit is a necessary part of their Christian experience. As surprising as this sounds, it explains the anemic nature of the North American church. It is such a contrast …

Poll: Weekly churchgoers are much more satisfied with life than non-churchgoers

According to a recent poll conducted by Gallup, people who regularly attend church are much more likely to say that they are ‘very satisfied’ with life than those who don’t. Christian Headlines reports that the poll found 67% of Americans who regularly attend church said they were very satisfied with life, compared to 6% who don’t attend church at all. Overall 92% of Americans who attend church once a week, were ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ satisfied with their life and this dropped to 87% for those who attend services less often, but at least once a month. The survey of 811 adult Americans between Jan 3 – 11, 2022 also revealed that regular church attendance had a more profound impact on life satisfaction than even money, as only 61% of Americans who earned over $100,000 per year reported being ‘very’ satisfied with life. Speaking on behalf of Gallup, Frank Newport pointed to several reasons that religion provides: “Belief in religion can give one a sense of purpose, a belief that life itself has purpose, and belief …

Study: ‘ill-founded’ Lockdowns only reduced COVID deaths by 0.2%

A major study conducted by Johns Hopkins University concluded that the lockdowns, imposed by governments around the world to stop the COVID pandemic, had basically no impact on COVID deaths, but a devastating impact on the economy and people’s lives. According to Fox News, the study found that during the initial stages of COVID in 2020, the lockdowns only reduced deaths marginally by .2%. The study conducted by Steve Hanke from Johns Hopkins, Lars Jonung, Lund University, and Jonas Herby, from Copenhagen’s Center for Political Studies came to this conclusion after analyzing data from COVID studies conducted around the world. They described the lockdowns as “ill-founded” and added, going forward, that “lockdowns should be rejected out-of-hand.” They also found that shelter-in-place mandates (if you tested positive for the virus) reduced COVID deaths by 2.9%, but if shelter-in-place was combined with a lockdown, the number of deaths went up by 2.8%. Why did the lockdowns increase the number of deaths? The researchers concluded: “[Shelter-in-place orders] may isolate an infected person at home with his/her family where …

Poll reveals that most Gen Z and Millennials oppose abortion after a heartbeat detected

Though a slim majority, I was pleased that a recent poll revealed that the majority of Gen Z (born between 1999 and 2015) and Millennials (1981-1998) opposed abortion after a baby’s heartbeat was detected. The Christian Post reports that a pro-life organization, Students for Life, surveyed 853 individuals between the ages of 18-34 in early January. In the survey, the group was provided information that a baby’s heartbeat can be detected at 21 weeks and then asked if they supported abortion after this point. The poll found that 52% stated that abortions should be banned after 21 weeks, compared to 48% who said that abortions should still be allowed. In the same poll, the students were asked about their feelings on Roe vs Wade, the 1973 Supreme court case that legalized abortions across the US. Initially, 60% stated that they ‘very strongly’, ‘strongly’ or ‘somewhat’ supported Roe vs Wade. However, attitudes changed slightly after the pollsters provided the group with more information on the infamous court case. Overall support for Roe vs Wade dropped to …

How many people died solely of COVID in the UK?

In this video, Dr. John Campbell takes a closer look at the COVID information provided through a recent Freedom of Information request in Britain. One of the big issues with COVID is how many people died solely of COVID, compared to those who died with COVID, meaning they had other serious underlying health issues? They discovered that 17,371 people had died solely of COVID, compared to the government’s official number of 152,872. It also revealed that the average age of death in the UK from COVID in 2020 was 81.5 and in 2021, 82.5 which was higher than the average life expectancy in the UK of about 80.9. Campbell also looked at the number of excess deaths in 2020 and 2021, compared to previous years. In Britain, the number of excess deaths was 127,704 compared to the five-year average. Though some believe this is a more accurate reflection of the impact of COVID, it doesn’t provide the whole story. Because there were also more deaths from cancer compared to previous years because people were either …

Poll: Over 25% of Canadians support jailing the unvaccinated

A recent poll of Canadians conducted by Maru Public Opinion found that over a quarter of Canadians, 27%, believed that people not vaccinated for COVID should be subject to short jail terms. According to the National Post, the poll conducted between Jan. 14-15, 2022 also found: 37% believe the unvaccinated should not receive medical care from the country’s state-run health care system, even though their tax dollars help fund it. 33% of respondents believed the unvaccinated should be punished by not allowing them to renew their driver’s license. 61% said that the unvaccinated should be required to pay a health surcharge of upwards of $150 a month if admitted to hospital for COVID. Two-thirds of Canadians believed that COVID vaccines should be mandatory. Under the Canadian constitution, health care is a provincial issue, meaning only provincial governments could mandate vaccines. READ: More than one in four Canadians support jail time for the unvaccinated, poll finds Many of the Canadians are simply mimicking the feelings expressed by the country’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.

Survey: 80% of Evangelicals would like to see at least one change in their church

While a recent study conducted by Grey Matter Research and Infinity Concepts found that the majority (74%) of Evangelical church members are happy with their church, 80% would like to see at least one change. The survey of 1,000 Evangelical Christians asked them to provide their opinions on 14 areas of church services and culture. Only those who regularly attended a service or watched online were included in the survey results. The survey revealed the top five areas where people most wanted change: 38% of those surveyed were dissatisfied with the amount of outreach; 33% were not satisfied with the size of the congregation; 32% were not satisfied with the style of music 32% were dissatisfied with the amount of political messaging/involvement; and 31% were not satisfied with the amount of in-depth teaching. But though these top areas of concern seem straightforward, they actually aren’t. Infinity Concepts CEO, Mark Dreistadt, noted that even though nearly a third of churchgoers wanted changes in the style of music, 15% wanted more contemporary music, and 18% wanted more …

Cory Brooks: The problem of fatherless children in America

With Chicago becoming the most dangerous city in America, Cory Brooks, the pastor of New Beginnings Church, started a 100 day and night vigil on a rooftop in Woodlawn in an effort to raise money for a new community center to help fight the rising violence in the city. Each night, Brooks releases an episode related to the violence affecting his community.