Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A New Harris Poll on Belief

A Harris Interactive poll on belief in the United States was released on December 15 of this year. It consisted of a poll of 2303 adults and was taken between November 2 and November 11 of this year. There were several notable findings:

  • 82% of surveyed adults believe in God
  • 45% believe in "Darwin’s theory of evolution" (32% didn't)
  • 40% believe in creationism (30% didn't)
The religious breakdown was even more interesting.
  • 80% of Jews polled accept evolution (20% accept creationism)
  • 51% of Catholics accept evolution (37%)
  • 32% of protestants accept evolution (56%)
Unfortunately, the "protestant" category is not more finely resolved. I would be very curious to see what the breakdown is between Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians and Baptists. I also find it odd that there is such a large disparity between the acceptance of evolution between Jews and protestants, despite the two groups having the Old Testament in common. I don't recall Jesus saying anything about not accepting evolution. It must be one of those commandments with which I am not familiar like "thou shalt not dance," and "thou shalt not play cards."

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