NEWS/BELIEFNET POLL: PET HEAVEN 7/1/01
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See Spot Go to Heaven?
The Publics Not So Sure
Is there a chew toy waiting for Sparky behind the pearly
gates? Americans, and even pet owners, are not so sure.
Theres little dispute among the public about the
existence of heaven nearly nine in 10 adults believe in it. But whether
or not mans best friend will be joining him there well, thats where
Americans divide like cats and dogs.
Forty-three percent in an ABC
poll think pets go to heaven when they die. But about as many, 40 percent,
think heaven is reserved for people only. The rest are withholding judgment,
possibly until Judgment Day.
Not even pet owners about six in 10
adults are so sure that heaven awaits their assorted dogs, cats,
hamsters, fish and ferrets. Forty-seven percent of pet owners say pets go to
heaven, still not a majority. Perhaps envisioning eternal relief from
dog-walking duties, 35 percent of pet owners say only people have a berth in
the great beyond.
pets go to heaven?
In a test, this poll asked half of
respondents if all animals go to heaven, as opposed to just pets. About the
same number, 41 percent, said yes.
GROUPS Younger people are more likely to
think heaven is open to Fido, Fifi, et. al. And people living in the
Northeast are more apt to say so theyre a bit more likely than
Americans living in other areas to own a pet.
METHODOLOGY - This ABC
was conducted by telephone June 27-July 1, 2001, among a random national
sample of 1,018 adults. The results have a three-point error margin.
Fieldwork by ICR-International Communications Research of Media, Pa.
Analysis by Dalia
Sussman, ABC News.