Thirty-three percent of Americans don’t believe in evolution and think that humans have existed in their present form since the beginning of time, a new study shows.
New survey results from the Pew Research Center discovered that 25 percent of Americans who believe in evolution say that “a supreme being guided the evolution of living things for the purpose of creating humans and other life in the form it exists today.”
However, 60 percent of Americans said they believed that “humans and other living things have evolved over time.” Thirty-two percent of these people believe that evolution was due to natural selection.
The study was conducted March 21 to April 8, with a representative sample of 1,983 adults, ages 18 and older. The margin of error was only 3 percentage points.
The Huffington Post reported that 78 percent of mainline Protestants believe that humans and other living creatures evolved over time. Two-thirds of white evangelical Protestants were most likely to not believe in evolution whereas half of black Protestants do.
According to Reuters, the partisan gap on evolution is growing. The poll showed 43 percent of Republicans and 67 percent of Democrats believe humans evolved over time, compared with 54 percent and 64 percent respectively in 2009.
A HuffPost/YouGov survey in September also asked respondents about their views on evolution. The poll found that 25 percent of Americans believe humans evolved “without the guidance of God,” while 14 percent didn’t believe in evolution. Nearly 46 percent said occurred “over time with the guidance of God.”