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Poll: Majority Reject Evolution
CBS News ^ | October 23, 2005 | Staff

Posted on 10/24/2005 6:19:17 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger

(CBS) Most Americans do not accept the theory of evolution. Instead, 51 percent of Americans say God created humans in their present form, and another three in 10 say that while humans evolved, God guided the process. Just 15 percent say humans evolved, and that God was not involved.

These views are similar to what they were in November 2004 shortly after the presidential election.

VIEWS ON EVOLUTION/CREATIONISM

Now God created humans in present form 51% Humans evolved, God guided the process 30% Humans evolved, God did not guide process 15%

Nov. 2004 God created humans in present form 55% Humans evolved, God guided the process 27% Humans evolved, God did not guide process 13%

This question on the origin of human beings, asked both this month and in November 2004, offered the public three alternatives: 1. Human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions of years, and God did not directly guide this process; 2. Human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions of years, but God guided this process; or 3. God created human beings in their present form.

The results were not much different between the answers to that question and those given when a specific timeline was included in the final alternative: God created human beings in their present form within the last 10,000 years.

Americans most likely to believe in only evolution are liberals (36 percent), those who rarely or never attend religious services (25 percent), and those with a college degree or higher (24 percent).

White evangelicals (77 percent), weekly churchgoers (74 percent) and conservatives (64 percent), are mostly likely to say God created humans in their present form.

Still, most Americans think it is possible to believe in both God and evolution. Sixty-seven percent say this is possible, while 29 percent disagree. Most demographic groups say it is possible to believe in both God and evolution, but just over half of white evangelical Christians say it is not possible.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO BELIEVE IN BOTH GOD AND EVOLUTION?

Yes 67% No 29%

Opinions on this question are tied to one’s views on the origin of human beings. Those who believe in evolution, whether guided by God or not, overwhelmingly think it is possible to believe in both God and evolution – 90 percent say this. However, people who believe God created humans in their present form are more divided: 48 percent think it possible to believe in both God and evolution, but the same number disagrees.

POSSIBLE TO BELIEVE IN BOTH GOD AND EVOLUTION?

Believe in evolution Yes 90% No 8%

Believe God created humans Yes 48% No 48%

For detailed information on how CBS News conducts public opinion surveys, click here.

This poll was conducted among a nationwide random sample of 808 adults, interviewed by telephone October 3-5, 2005. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus four percentage points.


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This one poll might not mean so much, except that:

Majority of Americans Reject Secular Evolution (Gallup Poll, Sep. 2005)

This poll also shows the difference between creation, evolution and intelligent design, and actually shows a shift towards support of ID.

1 posted on 10/24/2005 6:19:18 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger
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To: gobucks; mikeus_maximus; MeanWestTexan; JudyB1938; isaiah55version11_0; bondserv; plain talk; ...
(((Creationist Ping)))



You have been pinged because of your interest regarding matters of Creation vs. Evolution - from the Creationist perspective. Freep-mail me if you want on/off this list.

Colossians 1:16 "For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him."




Oh that darn stupid public. Still not swallowing everything that men in white coats tell them. Thank heavens.
2 posted on 10/24/2005 6:20:54 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (As long as liberalism and I exist, neither one of us is safe.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Well, it's a good thing science isn't based on polls...
3 posted on 10/24/2005 6:31:28 AM PDT by shuckmaster (Bring back SeaLion and ModernMan!)
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To: shuckmaster

"Evolution does not explain Creation."- Charles Darwin


4 posted on 10/24/2005 6:35:35 AM PDT by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

"No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public" .. H.L. Mencken


5 posted on 10/24/2005 6:37:56 AM PDT by Tazzo
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And yet liberals say we shouldn't teach it in schools.


6 posted on 10/24/2005 6:39:06 AM PDT by SmoothTalker
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To: Tazzo

A good one.


7 posted on 10/24/2005 6:41:48 AM PDT by GSlob
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To: DaveLoneRanger
The Intelligent Design expert witnesses testifying in the Dover school board case accept the fact of evolution.

Michael Denton, author of "Evolution, a Theory in Crisis, has written a new book, "Nature's Destiny," on intelligent Design. In it he says this:

"it is important to emphasize at the outset that the argument presented here is entirely consistent with the basic naturalistic assumption of modern science - that the cosmos is a seamless unity which can be comprehended ultimately in its entirety by human reason and in which all phenomena, including life and evolution and the origin of man, are ultimately explicable in terms of natural processes.

This is an assumption which is entirely opposed to that of the so-called "special creationist school". According to special creationism, living organisms are not natural forms, whose origin and design were built into the laws of nature from the beginning, but rather contingent forms analogous in essence to human artifacts, the result of a series of supernatural acts, involving the suspension of natural law.

Contrary to the creationist position, the whole argument presented here is critically dependent on the presumption of the unbroken continuity of the organic world - that is, on the reality of organic evolution and on the presumption that all living organisms on earth are natural forms in the profoundest sense of the word, no less natural than salt crystals, atoms, waterfalls, or galaxies."

Behe, the chief defence witness at Dover, has this to say about evolution:

I didn't intend to "dismiss" the fossil record--how could I "dismiss" it? In fact I mention it mostly to say that it can't tell us whether or not biochemical systems evolved by a Darwinian mechanism. My book concentrates entirely on Darwin's mechanism, and simply takes for granted common descent.

8 posted on 10/24/2005 6:43:18 AM PDT by js1138 (Great is the power of steady misrepresentation.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

A majority of people also believe if you shoot a bullet out of a curved barrel, that the projectile will continue to follow the same path of curvature once it leaves the barrel.


9 posted on 10/24/2005 6:45:46 AM PDT by Liberal Classic (No better friend, no worse enemy. Semper Fi.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Oh goodie, since 51% of Americans don't believe in evolution then that must mean it isn't true so I guess we don't have to worry about that silly bird-flu nonsense

Now God created humans in present form 51% Humans evolved, God guided the process 30% Humans evolved, God did not guide process 15%

Nov. 2004 God created humans in present form 55% Humans evolved, God guided the process 27% Humans evolved, God did not guide process 13%

Looks like an inprovement over the past year

These polls are meaningless since the polls show that nearly three quarters of Americans believe in the paranormal. Christians (75%) more than non-Christians(66%) BTW

10 posted on 10/24/2005 6:49:19 AM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: Liberal Classic

Well that's what happened to the coyote. LOL


11 posted on 10/24/2005 6:53:33 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Never a minigun handy when you need one.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

From goo to you-- do people realize the probabilities of that accident? I wish I had that kind of faith.


12 posted on 10/24/2005 6:54:35 AM PDT by mikeus_maximus (Voting for "the lesser of two evils" is still evil.)
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To: Liberal Classic

---A majority of people also believe if you shoot a bullet out of a curved barrel, that the projectile will continue to follow the same path of curvature once it leaves the barrel.---

Well, yes. That's called Disney Motion. :^)


13 posted on 10/24/2005 6:55:09 AM PDT by claudiustg (Go Bush! Go Sharon!)
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To: From many - one.

check back to see how thread evolves


14 posted on 10/24/2005 7:12:54 AM PDT by From many - one.
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Yes, and 65% of Americans apparently believe that a UFO crashed near Roswell, NM.

Lots of other bizarre results from this poll taken in the 90's.

http://www.cnn.com/US/9706/15/ufo.poll/


15 posted on 10/24/2005 7:13:33 AM PDT by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Have you ever wondered why they are called the "Darwin Awards"? Think about it, you have to be a 200 story building with a 3 story elevator to believe:

Billions and billions of years ago in a galaxy far, far away, there was nothing, absolutely nothing. And that nothing became something, and that something all came together in one point, a point smaller than a period on this page. And then that point, a dot smaller than a period on this page, which was all the matter that formed from all the nothing, absolutely nothing, of the universe, began to spin. And it spun faster, and faster, and faster till all of a sudden billions and billions of years ago, BABOOOOOOOM. A big bang.
Wow, imagine that.

Anyhow after that big boom came a swirling cloud of matter. That would be the matter that was in the dot that was smaller than a period on this page that formed from absolutely nothing. Then that swirling cloud of matter became earth.
Wow, double wow, cool dude.

And then the earth, one great big dead round lump of something, something that started from nothing, formed a rock and that rock sat out all by itself and got rained on, not real rain, but dead acid rain. And from that rock getting acid rained on came about a pond, a little dead pond of run off acid rain and rock scum. And out of that pond of dead acid rain came a something, an amoeba or maybe a tadpole, but something. And as that tadpole or whatever climbed out of the pond it became a huge tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur and that dinosaur laid an egg, and out of that egg came a bird and then monkeys and then man. So you see, the evolutionist must react because that goose came from the same rock they came from.
Wow, I didn't know.

But the one I like best is the theory of the frog: Millions and millions of years ago in a swamp far, far away lived a frog and over millions and millions of years, this lucky frog, who never got ate by a snake, fish or alligator, became a prince. Cool huh? But I like the other version better. Once upon a time their was a princess, and she kissed a frog and puff it became a prince. Hey why not let's just cut out the middle man, millions and millions of years, add a really cute golden haired blue eyed princess, she smooches the frog and wow instant prince.

Hence the darwin awards for those who really believe that billons and billions of years ago...

16 posted on 10/24/2005 7:15:23 AM PDT by newsgatherer
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To: Liberal Classic

Correction: A majority of people, who believe in evolutin, also believe if you shoot a bullet out of a curved barrel, that the projectile will continue to follow the same path of curvature once it leaves the barrel, therefore quilfying them for the Darwin Award.


17 posted on 10/24/2005 7:17:29 AM PDT by newsgatherer
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To: DaveLoneRanger

COPERNICAN THEORY --- Rejected by Majority of Americans!

A recent National Science Foundation survey showed that less than half of American adults understand that the Earth orbits the sun yearly.

DNA --- Don't Need Any!

Only 21 percent can define DNA

Molecules --- Concept rejected by 91% of Americans

And one in seven American adults--roughly 25 million people--could not even locate the United States on an unlabeled world map.

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/279/5357/1640

Heck, almost half this country voted for Clinton, too.


18 posted on 10/24/2005 7:25:26 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Many at FR would respond to Christ "Darn right, I'll cast the first stone!")
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I do not have enough faith to believe in the the theory of evolution. The holes of the missing links are big enough to drive a universe through and there are many more problems with the theory!


19 posted on 10/24/2005 7:26:46 AM PDT by mountainlyons (Still angry after all these years!)
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To: js1138

"I didn't intend to "dismiss" the fossil record--how could I "dismiss" it? In fact I mention it mostly to say that it can't tell us whether or not biochemical systems evolved by a Darwinian mechanism. "

Ahh, someone finally sums it up.

The fossils lying around can't tell us how they arrived at where they were. We can conjecture and surmise and postulate and convince ourselves but in the end, we still don't really know.


20 posted on 10/24/2005 7:28:58 AM PDT by webstersII
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