Are 46% of Americans creationists?
According to the Gallup poll, 46% of Americans believe that humans were created in their present form within the last 10,000 years. This response stands in sharp contrast to those of biologists, who consider evolution to be as well established as the germ theory of disease. What explains this discrepancy?
We think that part of the issue is that Gallup’s simple multiple-choice question on the origin of life does not capture an accurate picture of the U.S. public’s opinion. So, using a demographically rich national sample and psychologically sophisticated surveys, we plan to probe people’s knowledge and acceptance of various tenets of evolutionary theory. The goal of these surveys is to determine which elements of this theory people understand and which elements they accept. We also plan to test several hypotheses that could potentially explain the American public’s resistance to evolution.
So, are 46% of Americans really creationists?
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