first_imgAccording to a new Gallup poll, four out of every 10 Americans agrees with the statement “God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so.” That’s creationism. And for the record, these folks vote in the same elections as you and I.As for the concept that humans have, in fact, evolved over millions of years, but with God’s guiding hand–that captures around 38% of responses. And for those who throw their lot in purely with science and facts, an anemic (though rising) 16% of responders agreed with the statement “Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, [and] God had no part in this process.”Personally, I find this poll disparaging, if not expected. But there are some reasons for hope. Of the three groups, the creationists are the largest. However, the gap between those who believe in a millennial-long process of godly evolution vs straight creation is the smallest in the poll’s near 30-year history (38% vs. 40% respectively). Also, those who believe in the wholly secular process of biodiversity reach their (comparatively) best showing in the poll’s history, and their numbers have been marching upwards over the past decade.As you might expect, the percentage of those who accept evolution (in some form) rises with the amount of education (creationists makeup 22% of postgraduates, but 47% of those who only reached high school or less), while it is inversely related with church attendance (of those who attend church weekly, 60% are creationists, but they only make 24% of those who attend church seldom/never).As for party affiliation, a majority of Republicans (52%) are fine with the not true idea that humans have only been around for 10,000 years. However, the largest percentage of people who believe in a science-driven understanding of our species actually identify as Independents (21%, a full percentage point over those who identify as Democrats).What a country!   image vialast_img read more