May 23 (UPI) — A record-low percentage of U.S. adults believe that God created humans in their present form, according to a Gallup survey.
Thirty-eight percent accept the strict creationism view compared with 38 percent who believe man developed with God’s guidance and 19 percent think God had no role in man’s evolution, according to the Gallup poll.
It’s the first time since 1982 — when Gallup asked the question with the same wording — that belief in God’s direct creation of man is not the most-common response.
Overall, 76 percent of Americans believe God was involved in man’s creation — the creationist view based on the Bible — or that God guided the evolutionary process theorized by scientist Charles Darwin and others. Since 1982, the “secular” viewpoint has doubled.
“Since the Scopes Monkey Trial more than 90 years ago, the inclusion of creationism — and evolution — as part of public school curricula has been an ongoing and contentious topic,” Gallup’s Art Swift said. “This push and pull with creationism will undoubtedly continue, as this debate about where humans came from rages on.”
Respondents’ views varied depending on their amount of education.
Among those who believe in creationism, 21 percent have a postgraduate education versus 48 percent who have no more than a high school diploma. Among those who believe in evolution without God’s involvement, 31 percent are postgrads versus 12 percent who have a high school education or less. (Click to Article)