There’s not much we can do with this news story except give it to you straight. At the Fox News website we read Most Believe Prayer Heals, 45 Percent Believe in Creationism. Here we go, with bold font added by us:
Nearly half of American voters believe in the Biblical account of creation, and even more think prayer can literally help people recover from medical problems.
The evolution question they asked was: “Which do you think is more likely to actually be the explanation for the origin of human life on Earth?” The options offered were: (a) The theory of evolution as outlined by Darwin and other scientists; (b) The Biblical account of creation as told in the Bible, (c) Both are true; and (d) Don’t know.
We think the question and the responses they offered are fairly put. They give this link to the full poll results. These are the results, compared to the results of a similar poll taken in 1999:
(a) Evolution: 21%. In 1999 that one got only 15%.
(b) Creationism: 45%. That’s depressing, but in 1999 it was 50%
(c) Both: 27%. About the same as in 1999 when it was 26%.
(d) Don’t know: 7%. In 1999 that one got 9%.
Then the results are broken down by political party, education, race, gender, and income. The way they present that data is confusing to us, but it’s clear that more Dems than GOP accept evolution (28% vs. 13%). No surprise there.
They also ask about faith that prayer can heal illness. They say: “77 percent of voters believe prayers can help someone heal from an injury or illness.”
Back to evolution, the article then gives a bit of summary, as follows:
Some 45 percent of voters accept the Biblical account of creation as the explanation for the origin of human life on Earth, while 21 percent say the theory of evolution as outlined by Darwin and other scientists is correct. Another 27 percent say both explanations are true.
Don’t be too depressed. If you add the evolution percentage and the percentage who believe both, you get 48%, which is greater than the 45% who are whole-hog for only creationism.
Here’s one more excerpt, and then we’ll leave you to ponder the results:
Among white evangelical Christians, 67 percent believe in creationism, 4 percent evolution, and 24 percent accept both.
Maybe Harold Camping is right — the world is coming to an end.
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