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Happy July 4th: Here Are Some of the Surprising Things Americans Believe

Published Jul 4th, 2015 11:00AM EDT

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What better way to prepare for a 4th of July barbecue and fireworks than to learn some exciting things about Americans, especially now that you know Independence Day isn’t going to be the USA’s 2015th birthday.

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Using data from Pew and Gallup polls, and Census data, Business Insider compiled a list of interesting facts about the majority of Americans, and some of them will likely surprise you.

51% of Americans are “not at all confident” that the universe began with the Big Bang. 54% of Americans are “very confident” there is a supreme being watching over things.

59% of Americans think that online dating is a good way to meet people, and 60% of them support same-sex marriage.

64% of Americans own a smartphone. Interestingly, 61% of respondents to a different study said they text and drive.

79% of Americans believe abortion should be legal under certain circumstances, and many people (64%) think euthanasia should be legal, too.

Finally, 61% of Americans believe that more than one person was involved with the JFK assassination, and 93% of Americans do not have confidence in the Congress.

These are just 10 of the surprising facts about Americans that Business Insider has listed, with more available at the source link. You’ll also find details about each of the independent polls these results were pulled from.

Also, be sure to check these hilarious ways of describing the U.S. to the rest of the world.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.