At the website of the Gallup Organization they’ve posted about the results of a new poll. Their article is titled: Four in 10 Americans Believe in Strict Creationism. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
Four in 10 Americans, slightly fewer today than in years past, believe God created humans in their present form about 10,000 years ago. Thirty-eight percent believe God guided a process by which humans developed over millions of years from less advanced life forms, while 16%, up slightly from years past, believe humans developed over millions of years, without God’s involvement.
Well, let’s look on the bright side. Although the situation is horrible, they say it used to be even worse. We posted on earlier polls a couple of years ago: Opinion Polls on Evolution and Creationism. Actually, this next excerpt from today’s article indicates that the situation is considerably better than before:
A small minority of Americans hold the “secular evolution” view that humans evolved with no influence from God — but the number has risen from 9% in 1982 to 16% today. At the same time, the 40% of Americans who hold the “creationist” view that God created humans as is 10,000 years ago is the lowest in Gallup’s history of asking this question, and down from a high point of 47% in 1993 and 1999. There has been little change over the years in the percentage holding the “theistic evolution” view that humans evolved under God’s guidance.
They also break the responses down by education, concluding:
Americans’ views on human origins vary significantly by level of education and religiosity. Those who are less well educated are more likely to hold a creationist view. Those with college degrees and postgraduate education are more likely to hold one of the two viewpoints involving evolution.
They have a table for that data which we can’t easily reproduce here. Ah, they also break it down by political party. The hard-core creationists are 52% Republican, and 34% Democrat. Embarrassing for both parties.
There’s a lot more information in the article. Click over there and read it. You know that the next crop of political candidates and their advisers are already aware this information. Well, they’ve always known that most voters are idiots, so nothing much is likely to change.
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