In U.S., 46% Hold Creationist View of Human Origins

Forty-six percent of Americans believe in the creationist view that God created humans in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years. The prevalence of this creationist view of the origin of humans is essentially unchanged from 30 years ago, when Gallup first asked the question. Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Jack Powers - Jul 1, 2012 - 10:42 PM PDT
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Sirajul Islam
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by Sirajul Islam - Jul. 2, 2012

An outstanding report by Frank Newport based on the results of a Gallup survey published in Gallup Politics. Gallup has asked Americans to choose among these three explanations for the origin and development of human beings 11 times since 1982, and the creationist view (God created humans in present form) increased 2%, theistic view (humans evolved with God's guiding) decreased 6% and the secular view (Humans evolved but God had no part in process) increased 6%. Notably, the most religious Americans are most likely to be creationists, majority of Republicans are creationists, and those with postgraduate education least likely to believe in creationist explanation.

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by Jack Powers - Jul. 1, 2012

“almost half of Americans today hold a belief, at least as measured by this question wording, that is at odds with the preponderance of the scientific ... More »

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by William Hughes-Games - Jul. 1, 2012

Good reporting about what the surveys say and the questions that were used to tease out the facts are well constructed.

It is shocking enough that such a high proportion of the citizens of the country with an army equal to the next 10 countries put together believe in the creation myth of a group of bronze age desert dwellers who induced halucinations in themselves through voluntary starvation. What is even more shocking is that these believers ignore the message of their own creed. God gave them dominion over the beasts in the field and the fish in the sea but I doubt he meant that we should take ... More »

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