40% of Americans Still Believe in Creationism

According to a recent Gallup poll, 4 out of 10 Americans believe that God created man in his image about 10,000 years ago (the “creationist” perspective).  Thirty-eight percent of those polled believe God guided a process by which humans developed over millions of years from less advanced life forms (the “theistic evolution perspective), while 16% believe humans developed over millions of years, without God’s involvement (the “secular evolution” perspective), a number that has risen from 9% in 1982.

Unsurprisingly, Americans’ views on creationism and evolution vary according to level of education and religiosity.  Those who have college and postgraduate degrees are more likely to subscribe to one of the perspectives involving evolution, although the most significant difference is between people with postgraduate degrees, who are far less likely to be “creationists” than even people who have college degrees.

Regular churchgoers were also more likely to believe in creationism, although it was certainly not a universal viewpoint.  A quarter of creationists attended church seldom or never, but only 2% of weekly churchgoers believed that God had no part in guiding human development.

A significantly higher number of Republicans subscribed to creationism, although a sizeable percentage of creationists said that they were Democrats or independent.

Because most Americans are religious and believe in God, these results are fairly unsurprising, especially the finding that about 8 in 10 of Americans believe that God had some hand in human creation.  What may be more distressing for scientists is that 40% of Americans refuse to give science any place in their view of human origins, and certainly, that has serious political implications.  The people at Gallup concluded that since these numbers have stayed mostly stable since the early 1980′s, they don’t indicate any major shifts in American public opinion, so we can continue the debates over evolution to continue – despite the fact that the “secular evolution” perspective seems, over time, to be gaining force.

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461 comments

Vance T.
Vance T.3 years ago

Surprised at America's obsession with ignorance and creationist BS? Never. We are moving that way in Canada. Ignore evidence at all costs, and especially educational and political ... WE are fcked in North America//

Vance T.
Vance T.3 years ago

Surprised at America's obsession with ignorance and creationist BS? Never. We are moving that way in Canada. Ignore evidence at all costs, and especially educational and political ... WE are fcked in North America//

Vance T.
Vance T.3 years ago

Surprised at America's obsession with ignorance and creationist BS? Never. We are moving that way in Canada. Ignore evidence at all costs, and especially educational and political ... WE are fcked in North America//

Vance T.
Vance T.3 years ago

Surprised at America's obsession with ignorance and creationist BS? Never. We are moving that way in Canada. Ignore evidence at all costs, and especially educational and political ... WE are fcked in North America//

Vance T.
Vance T.3 years ago

Surprised at America's obsession with ignorance and creationsist BS? Never. We are moving that way in Canada. Ignore evidence at all costs, and especially educational and political ... WE are fcked in North America//

Benoit ROBIN
Benoit ROBIN3 years ago

Oups, I forgot the conclusion...

Science gives us the tools to see the truth face to face. Religion gives us fairy-tales to believe the truth is kind to us. I prefer to stand conscious in the face of reality rather than submit and beg for drugs, even if it hurts...

Benoit ROBIN
Benoit ROBIN3 years ago

@Carole B. : Scientific creationism is just a contradiction in terme. Creationism postulates a creator, which by essence can not be proven or disproven by science.

Science is based on facts and builds theories that explain them as best as possible. Religion, on the other side, is only based on belief, highly unrelated to the bare facts of reality.

I believe the religious spirit, that is, thinking and asking on the universe, is at the very heart of the human being. Whenever it has to do with asking questions to which each person is free to find his/her own answers, all is good. As always with ideologies, evil begins to climb aboard when people offer pre-packaged toughts.

But how could people accept these tasteless predigested mental food ? I think one must be strong to face the reality as it is. The weak need reassuring sets of beliefs to mitigate the blow of reality on their ego. And the power-hungries are always ready to provide them such thought traps. So they can built a following of Panurge sheeps who wilfully set aside their freedom in exchange of being relieved from the harshness of reality.

William Y.
William Y.3 years ago

@ Carole B. at least evolution rates the theory level whereas creation is just a bunch of Bronze Aged myths.

William Y.
William Y.3 years ago

@ JK B it is believable when one considers that these people have been indoctrinated in creatiun mythology since infancy.

Carole B.
Carole B.3 years ago

Evolution is only a theory! Scientifically creationism is much more plausible. Browse Dr Grady McMurtry`s website `Creation worldview ministries`.
The only reason they push the theory of evolution onto you is to try and discredit the bible!
We are living in an atheistic NWO now!