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42 Percent of Americans Believe ‘God’ Created Humans Within Last 10,000 Years

At Kentucky's Creation Museum, humans and dinosaurs live together in harmony. (Photo: Dean Beeler)

At Kentucky’s Creation Museum, humans and dinosaurs live together in harmony. (Photo: Dean Beeler)

Gallup poll reveals strong link between education, church attendance and belief in supernatural creation

The percentage of Americans who believe humans evolved without a ‘God’ has more than doubled since the 1980s, but more than four in ten people still believe the Abrahamic deity figure created humans in their present form within the past 10,000 years.

So say the results of the latest Gallup poll on Americans’ views of evolution and creationism.

The survey of 1,028 US adults found a strong correlation between respondents’ education levels, church attendance and age and their belief in evolution. Forty-one percent of college graduates said they believed humans evolved without ‘God,’ while only 10 percent of those with only high school diplomas agreed. Among those who rarely or never attend church, 38 percent said humans evolved without ‘divine guidance,’ while only 1 percent of those who attend church weekly agreed.

Among those who attend church weekly, fully 69 percent said they believe ‘God’ created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years. Scientific consensus posits Homo sapiens originated in Africa more than 200,000 years ago, the culmination of a long line of hominids dating back more than five million years.

As for the claim that humans were created within the past 10,000 years, the Biblical city of Jericho was thriving 10,000 years ago, by which time humans had already developed agriculture, animal husbandry, urbanization– and religion.

According to the Gallup poll, nearly three quarters of Americans believe that ‘God’ had some role in human development, either creating humans or guiding their evolution from less advanced life forms. Only 19 percent of survey respondents said humans evolved without ‘God,’ but that figure represents a 111 percent increase from when the question was first asked by Gallup in 1982.

The poll also revealed a strong correlation between familiarity with evolution and acceptance of the theory. Sixty-four percent of respondents who said they are “very familiar” with evolution chose one of the evolutionary explanations for human origin, while only 28 percent of those who had little or no familiarity with evolution concurred.

Age also played a significant role in Americans’ acceptance of evolution. While half of those over the age of 65 said they believed ‘God’ created modern humans within the last 10,000 years, only 28 percent of those aged 18-29 agreed. And while only 16 percent of those age 65 or older believe humans evolved without ‘God,’ fully 30 percent of respondents aged 18-29 said mankind evolved independent of any ‘divine hand.’

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