New poll on Creationist belief shows nothing has changed

A new Gallup public opinion poll shows Creationist belief in America has not changed.

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.

  3 comments for “New poll on Creationist belief shows nothing has changed

  1. Fastmover01
    June 5, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Outside of the scientific field, there are alot “closet atheists” who are afraid to acknowledge the fact in public for fear of discrimination. Alot of negativity is lumped onto the term by media stories of the fringe “aggro-atheists” who attempt to destroy everything remotely associated with religion. (Usually christianity) So I tend to take these polls on creationism with a grain of salt.

  2. bob
    June 5, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Theists who accept science should be welcomed as allies, but unfortunately a lot of Spaghetti monster types are as inflexibly dogmatic as the worst of the Evangelicals. There is room for respect and co-existence, but it must be mutual.

  3. Geoff
    June 20, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    What dogma? Show me evidence for a creator and I will change my position. People have been looking for evidence for thousands of years. So far, nothing has been even remotely compelling from a scientific standpoint.

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