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A new Gallup poll shows that 42 percent of Americans believe God created human beings in their present form within the last 10,000 years. This is what most would call a Biblical, young earth creationist view. An additional 31 percent believe that humans evolved from simpler life forms over millions of years but that God has guided that evolution.
This is remarkable. The narrative in the media and pop culture is that only a few religious kooks reject evolution. Yet, in spite of years of Darwinist teachings in most schools and universities, a full 73 percent see God’s hand in creation to one degree or another.
Only 19 percent of Americans said that they believe humans evolved over millions of years without any guidance from God, the dominant secular view pushed in our culture.
The survey also showed that for Americans who attend church weekly, 69 percent think God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years, and for those who attend church “nearly weekly/monthly,” 47 percent believe that God created humans within the last 10,000 years.
This view of creation seems to be fairly unshakeable. Gallup has been asking the human origins question since 1982. At that time, 44 percent of Americans believed that God created humans and that number peaked at 47 percent in the late 1990s. “The percentage of the U.S. population choosing the creationist perspective as closest to their own view has fluctuated in a narrow range between 40 percent and 47 percent since the question’s inception,” said Gallup.