A 2017 Gallup poll of 1011 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, has discovered that only 38% of Americans know believe in strict-creationism which says that God created humans in their present form at some time within the last 10 000 years (1).
This is a significant finding given that the statistic represents the lowest % of Americans adhering to strict creationism in the last 35 years. It was also found that 57% of Americans now believe in some form of evolution, and that either God guided it or not. Beyond the US, strict creationism is battling to sustain any presence. Only 22% of Canadians and 17% of Britons accept the view (2).
Gallup also found that the less educated a person is the more likely to believe in creationism. Higher education levels are associated with less support for creationism and higher levels of belief in the evolutionary explanation for human origins. Belief in creationism is at 21% among those with postgraduate education versus 48% of those with no more than a high school diploma. Agreement with evolution without God’s involvement is 31% among postgrads versus 12% among Americans with a high school education or less.
According to the study,
“Most Americans believe that God had a role in creating human beings, whether in their present form or as part of an evolutionary process over millions of years. But fewer Americans today hold strict creationist views of the origins of humans than at any point in Gallup’s trend on the question.”
However, since a good number of Americans still do hold to strict-creationism, Gallup believes the “push and pull with creationism will undoubtedly continue, as this debate about where humans came from rages on.”
1. Swift, A. 2017. In US, Belief in Creationist View of Humans at New Low. Available.
2. The Huffington Post. 2012. Believe In Evolution: Canadians More Likely Than Americans To Endorse Evolution. Available.