Forty percent of U.S. adults ascribe to a strictly creationist view of human origins, believing that God created them in their present form within roughly the past 10,000 years. However, more Americans continue to think that humans evolved over millions of years -- either with God's guidance (33%) or, increasingly, without God's involvement at all (22%).Beyond this are details in the numbers.The poll was conducted from June 3-16 and contained a random sample of 1015 adults. Some of this is not new and has changed little since the last poll. There is a high correlation between those with a college education and those who accept human evolution. The correlation is also high between those who have no religious affiliation and those who accept human evolution.
Other interesting tidbits from the attached PDF:
- Acceptance of God-guided human evolution does not seem to change with political party affiliation, gender or ethnic background
- Acceptance of God-guided human evolution rises only slightly with age
- The idea that God created humans in their present form drops substantially from 55% (Republican) to 34% (independent and Democrat) as well as ideology (54% Republican, 29% democrat)