According to a new study, 76% of Americans believe in Heaven and 71% in Hell.

According to a new study, 76% of Americans believe in Heaven and 71% in Hell. (1) Of course, there are eclectic views of what such places are. For example, 39% described Hell as a -state of eternal separation from God-s presence;- 32% called it -an actual place of torment and suffering,- and 13% hold it is merely a -symbol- of some -bad outcome after death.- There was a variety of opinions about Heaven also, reflecting the individualism inherent in the basically Protestant U.S. culture, which confers a supposed -right- for each individual to define the truth as he sees it. (1) The poll was taken by the Oxnard-based Barna Research Group, an independent marketing research firm, which interviewed 1,000 adults nationwide during September, 2003.