In spite of it being taught in most schools as settled science, the theory of evolution remains a tough sell among the population with only 15 percent of Americans – mostly non-church going liberals – who say they believe man evolved without any help from God.
CNSNews.com is reporting that a poll taken by Gallup early last month surveyed more than 1,000 American adults about their beliefs in the origin of the species. Participants were asked: “Which of the following statements comes closest to your views on the origin and development of human beings: 1) Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process, 2) Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in this process, 3) God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so?”
An amazing 46 percent said they believe God created man in his present form within the last 10,000 years. Thirty-two percent said they believed man developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life but with God guiding the process. Only 15 percent said they believed man developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in it.
This amounts to 78 percent of Americans who believe God was directly involved in the creation of man.
The people most likely to believe in Godless evolution were those who seldom or never went to church, and those who attended post-graduate school.
In spite of how hard the theory of evolution is pushed in academia, only 14 percent of college graduates say they believe in a Godless evolution of the species. However, 29 percent of graduate school students claim this is their view of the origins of man.
Not surprisingly, among Americans who attend church weekly, 67 percent believe that God created man in his present form within approximately the last 10,000 years. Fifty-five percent of Americans who attend church almost every week or monthly share that view.
Polling along party lines found that Democrats and Independents were most likely to believe in Godless evolution (19 percent of each group) compared to just five percent of Republicans.
What is surprising is that Gallup has been polling Americans on this question since 1982 and the public has remained relatively unchanged in their beliefs.
“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,” said Gallup’s analysis.
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