40% of Americans Are Creationists

December 21, 2010

A new poll by Gallup has found that 40 percent of Americans (a smaller share than at times in the past) holds a strict creationist view, believing that God created humans in their present form, 10,000 years ago. There is a link between educational attainment and such beliefs: 47 percent of those with a high school diploma or less are creationists, followed by 44 percent of those with some college education, 37 percent of college graduates, and 22 percent of those with graduate education. A majority of Republicans (52 percent) believe in creationism, while 34 percent of Democrats and independents do so.

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