Gallup Poll Creationism Results for 2019

This is something we haven’t seen for a while. The last time was 2017 Gallup Poll on Evolution. The results of the Gallup Organization’s latest poll are online here: 40% of Americans Believe in Creationism. We’ll give you some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Forty percent of U.S. adults ascribe to a strictly creationist view of human origins, believing that God created them in their present form within roughly the past 10,000 years. [That’s a lotta droolers!] However, more Americans continue to think that humans evolved over millions of years — either with God’s guidance (33%) or, increasingly, without God’s involvement at all (22%).

Interesting. 40% are young Earth creationists, 33% seem to be old Earth creationists, and 22% aren’t creationists at all. Then the Gallup article says:

The latest findings, from a June 3-16 Gallup poll, have not changed significantly from the last reading in 2017. However, the 22% of Americans today who do not believe God had any role in human evolution marks a record high dating back to 1982. This figure has changed more than the other two have over the years and coincides with an increasing number of Americans saying they have no religious identification.

Make of that what you will. After that they tell us:

As many as 47% and as few as 38% of Americans have taken a creationist view of human origins throughout Gallup’s 37-year trend. [They mean hard-core young Earth creationist.] Likewise, between 31% and 40% of U.S. adults have attributed humans’ development to a combination of evolution and divine intervention over the same period.

The Gallup report continues:

As has been the case historically, Americans’ views on evolution and creationism vary sharply based on their religious identification, how often they attend church and their education level.

That’s not at all surprising. They have a table that breaks the results down by church attendance, denomination, and college degree. The results are what you’d expect: less church and more education means less creationism.

So what’s the conclusion? It looks like there are plenty of customers out there for ol’ Hambo. He’ll continue complaining about all the Darwinists running around — because he enjoys it — but financially he’s got nothing to worry about.

You may want to click over there to study the results for yourself. No one is winning, and no one is losing. People are free to believe what they want to believe, and that’s fine with us. But it means that The Controversy will be with us for a long time — maybe forever.

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9 responses to “Gallup Poll Creationism Results for 2019

  1. “33% seem to be old Earth creationists”
    No – it’s old Earth creationists (who reject evolution theory), IDiots (who pretend that the Grand Old Designer not necessarily is that YHWH character) and supporters of theistic evolution (like Kenneth Miller and Francis Collins, the first one of Kitzmiller fame) cobbled together.

    “it means that ….”
    and also that you’ll be active for some more years, I may hope.

  2. Michael Fugate

    You can take the Pew religious knowledge quiz here – I scored 15/15, but then again it was too easy. You can see how you do against other demographics. The actual quiz had 32 questions.
    https://www.pewforum.org/2019/07/23/what-americans-know-about-religion/

  3. Michael Fugate

    If you want to test yourself with the full 32 questions – average 14.2 correct –
    here you go. If you go to the Pew site – it gives the correct answers.
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14HYwfpRtdO-kgWZsJicyR9mYJfkHsh-OP9XjkMOxHbs/edit?usp=sharing

  4. chris schilling

    “more education means less creationism.”

    The faithful can always put this down to media and science elites “controlling the narrative.” Apparently —
    in this parody of reasoning — the more educated you are, the more susceptible you are to mainstream influence.

  5. It would be interesting to see a Venn diagram of creationists and Trump supporters. I postulate almost perfect concentricity.

  6. Theodore Lawry

    Interesting article in the WP about the “culture of fear” at Falwell’s Liberty University. So much for the liberty at “Liberty” U.

  7. Dave Luckett

    Theodore Lawry: An article about Falwell’s Foney Farcity is headed with a picture of a cross with a flame on it. I’m not sure whose idea of subtlety this is, Jerry’s or the WaPo’s.

  8. brian dean

    “33% seem to be old Earth creationists,”
    I read this as including people like Ken Miller, who is no kind of creationist. I now wonder about the breakdown of this group.

  9. Techreseller

    I have to disagree with our leader SC. The more people that leave creationism and move towards a 100% acceptance of evolution, the better. That is winning. Creationists hold back innovation in many many areas. Otherwise intelligent human beings are crippled in their learning and then fail to help advance knowledge.