Skip to comments.Gallup Poll: 4 in 10 Americans still hold creationist views
Posted on 12/20/2010 7:19:04 AM PST by SeekAndFind
If you're in a room of 100 people, odds are likely about 40 think God created humans about 10,000 years ago, part of a philosophy called creationism, according to a Gallup poll reported Friday (Dec. 17). That number is slightly lower than in years past and down from a high of 47 percent in both 1993 and 1999.
And 38 percent of Americans, the poll estimates, believe God guided the process that brought humans from "cavemen" to today's incarnation over millions of years, while 16 percent think humans evolved over millions of years, without any divine intervention.
This secular view, while a relatively small number, is up from 9 percent in 1982, according to Gallup.
Like most American attitudes, Gallup wrote, views on human origins have political consequences. For instance, debates and clashes over which explanations for human origins should be included in school textbooks have persisted for decades. And with 40 percent of Americans continuing to hold to an anti-evolutionary belief about the origin of humans, it is highly likely that these types of debates will continue, according to Gallup.
The findings also stand in stark contrast to another announcement Friday, this one by John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The memo was issued to federal science agencies to guide them in making rules to ensure scientific integrity.
The Gallup results are based on telephone interviews conducted Dec. 10-12 with a random sample of 1,019 adults, ages 18 and older, living in the continental United States. The findings were weighted by gender, age, race, education, religion and phone lines to make the sample nationally representative.
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I consider Creationism to be logical and I consider Evolution to be too fantastic to believe. Both sides require faith, but Evolution requires more faith than I have.
So 78 percent believe that God is responsible for humans. The “how” varies.
Ahhh, glad to see the unbiased MSM assume that Christianity requires that one believe that the Earth is only 10,000 years old.
One can editorialize under the guise of presenting news using just ONE WORD as the above example shows.
In many cases, Anthony Wiener comes to mind, man appears to have descended from monkeys.
The Creation Museum
Went there and LOVED it!
Does anyone know who is responsible for coining the word “creationism”—?? It wasn’t by any chance Karl Marx, was it? Like, maybe the same day he invented the word “capitalism”—??
I’m 61, have believed in God my entire life, live in a nation BASED on God’s existence and teachings, and yet I have never thought of myself as a “creationist.” It’s not a word I would ever speak out loud.
“Creationism.” I could see living out the days remaining to me and never again using this word.
I don’t believe in Creationism.
Nevertheless I have some respect for it. Not because of its scientific credentials, but because unlike Anthropogenic Global Warming it is not an attack on my wealth and freedom.
AGW really pushed the bar way, way down in the West, completely debasing the word ‘science’ just as Lysenkoism did in the East.
So when it comes to left-wing critiques of Creationism, I have to retort that the left are the enemies of Science/Reason. Creationists are honestly wrong, while the AGW-supporters are dishonestly wrong.
Not sure why I need to believe humans began 10,000 years ago in order to believe God created the world.
For the THEORY of evolution to be true, it would have to trump the second LAW of thermodynamics. It does indeed require tremendous faith to believe that.
When you’re not a Christian, no one you know is a Christian, and you hold Christianity in contempt, it’s pretty easy to see how MSNBC reporters and editors get that wrong (on purpose or otherwise).
“...about 40 think God created humans about 10,000 years ago”
A large percentage of creationists don’t buy the young earth theory!
Which expert would you trust? God was there. God told us what happened. I'm willing to take His word for it.
Would love to see the breakdown by race. In my neck of the woods, black folk tend to be big believers in creationism, white folks not so much.
The article identified another 38% who believe - as I do myself - in Intelligent Design, or non-random Evolution. As I understand it Creationism centers about the concept of a young-earth: whereas ID is about evolution in a 4.5 billion year old Earth not being random, but the work of God.
I hazard a guess that you belong to one of these two schools of thought. Taken together that’s ~80% of the population who have a God-centered view of creation. That’s got to stick in the Marxists’ collective craw.