Does Gen Z Believe in a Higher Power?
Gen Z may not fill seats at weekend religious services, but that doesn’t mean they don’t believe in the higher power on which many of those services are focused. A large majority of young people surveyed for our 2022 State of Religion and Young People report say they have a system of beliefs and values that guide their lives. Half of young people say they believe in a higher power to some degree, and 52% percent of those feel at least moderately connected to that higher power.
Our data shows that those who are living out those core beliefs or claim a connection to a higher power report the highest rates of mental and emotional flourishing. Young people are telling us that having those beliefs and connections helps their mental health. Below, see what Gen Zers have to say about how their beliefs support their mental wellness.