In U.S., 46% Hold Creationist View of Human Origins
Highly religious Americans most likely to believe in creationism
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. About a third of Americans believe that humans evolved, but with God’s guidance; 15% say humans evolved, but that God had no part in the process.
Despite the many changes that have taken place in American society and culture over the past 30 years, including new discoveries in biological and social science, there has been virtually no sustained change in Americans’ views of the origin of the human species since 1982. The 46% of Americans who today believe that God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years is little changed from the 44% who believed this 30 years ago…
No surprises here. There is a strange blip on the trend for this year (first graph on the linked page) that shows the most conservative view (God did everything) bump up and the mid-view (God guided nature) a blip down. But that, I think can be chalked up to survey error bars.
The religious are more likely to reject the science view without some religion thrown in and the more educated you are, the less likely you go the theistic route. Those who show affiliation with Republican political leanings are likely to be more Creation-minded.
The end of this piece makes a pertinent point: most people are NOT scientists and do not base their views of the world on the scientific evidence they root out themselves. There is NO doubt that the science education routes taken now are not working on a broad scale. It’s time to change – start educating kids to APPRECIATING science by showing them all the benefits of using that method to understand the world. Time for a science PR marketing strategy shift.