The last time we posted about one of these was 2014 Gallup Poll on Evolution. The results of the Gallup Organization’s latest poll are online here: In US, Belief in Creationist View of Humans at New Low. That’s an encouraging headline! We’ll give you some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
The percentage of U.S. adults who believe that God created humans in their present form at some time within the last 10,000 years or so — the strict creationist view — has reached a new low. Thirty-eight percent of U.S. adults now accept creationism, while 57% believe in some form of evolution — either God-guided or not — saying man developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life.
It’s chilling that 38% are flat-out creationists, but the good news is that it used to be even worse. This is the question they ask each time they poll on this subject:
Which of the following statements comes closest to your views on the origin and development of human beings?
1. Human beings developed over millions of years, but God guided this process.
2. Human beings developed over millions of years, but God had no part in this process.
3. God created man in his present form.
They have a chart showing the poll results on the same question starting in 1982. For question 1 (theistic evolution), the results were originally 38%. That number has bounced around since then, but this year it’s still 38%. For question 2 (non-theistic evolution) in 1982 the result was only 9%. This year it’s up to a whopping 19%. For question 3 (hard-core drooling creationism) it was 44% in 1982, and now that’s down to only 38% (the same as for question 1).
Regarding those numbers, they say:
This is the first time since 1982 — when Gallup began asking this question using this wording — that belief in God’s direct creation of man has not been the outright most-common response. Overall, roughly three-quarters of Americans believe God was involved in man’s creation — whether that be the creationist view based on the Bible or the view that God guided the evolutionary process, outlined by scientist Charles Darwin and others. Since 1982, agreement with the “secular” viewpoint, meaning humans evolved from lower life forms without any divine intervention, has doubled.
Regarding education, they tell us:
Higher education levels are associated with less support for creationism and higher levels of belief in the evolutionary explanation for human origins. Belief in creationism is 21% among those with postgraduate education versus 48% of those with no more than a high school diploma. Agreement with evolution without God’s involvement is 31% among postgrads versus 12% among Americans with a high school education or less. However, even among adults with a college degree or postgraduate education, more believe God had a role in evolution than say evolution occurred without God.
Then they have a chart that shows the results broken down by education, religious preference, and church attendance. About those numbers they say:
Views by people’s religious preferences or lack thereof paint an illuminating picture as well. More Catholics believe that humans evolved but God guided the process (45%) than believe in the creationist viewpoint (37%). Creationism is still the view that half of Protestants and other Christians (50%) hold, but it is not dominant, with 39% saying humans essentially evolved with God’s guidance.
As for those with no religious preference, 57% report a belief that does not involve God, while only 9% are creationists. Not surprisingly, 65% of those who attend church weekly believe in the creationist view, while those who attend church less regularly have less consensus on the question of human origins.
There’s more to it, but you’ll probably want to click over there to study the results for yourself. It appears that some progress has been made, but there’s still a lot of work to be done. The Controversy will be with us for a long time.
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