Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Nearly half of Americans are "Young Earth Creationists"

Forty-six percent of Americans believe that God created humans in their present form at one point within the past 10,000 years, according to a survey released by Gallup on Friday.
That number has remained unchanged for the past 30 years, since 1982, when Gallup first asked the question on creationism versus evolution. Thirty years ago, 44% of the people who responded said they believed that God created humans as we know them today - only a 2-point difference from 2012.
The second most common view is that humans evolved with God's guidance - a view held by 32% of respondents. The view that humans evolved with no guidance from God was held by 15% of respondents.
It is sad that only 15% of those surveyed have a clue about evolution.  What does this say about the stranglehold religion has over American education?

The Thinking Atheist has a great podcast titled Worshipping Ignorance that discusses the Gallop poll.

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