From CBS News:
NEW YORK - Most Americans do not accept the theory of evolution. Instead, 51 percent of Americans say God created humans in their present form, and another three in 10 say that while humans evolved, God guided the process. Just 15 percent say humans evolved, and that God was not involved.
These views are similar to what they were in November 2004 shortly after the presidential election.
This question on the origin of human beings, asked both this month and in November 2004, offered the public three alternatives: 1. Human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions of years, and God did not directly guide this process; 2. Human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions of years, but God guided this process; or 3. God created human beings in their present form.
The results were not much different between the answers to that question and those given when a specific timeline was included in the final alternative: God created human beings in their present form within the last 10,000 years.
Americans most likely to believe in only evolution are liberals (36 percent), those who rarely or never attend religious services (25 percent), and those with a college degree or higher (24 percent).
White evangelicals (77 percent), weekly churchgoers (74 percent) and conservatives (64 percent), are mostly likely to say God created humans in their present form.
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This is really sad and demoralizing to me. I feel like Bill Krystol after he got the news about Harriet Meirs (that was a joke). Fifty-one percent of Americans don't believe in the theory of evolution?! Do these people believe in the theory of gravity? How about the theory that the earth revolves around the sun. What about the theory of relativity or of the atom? There is as much (most likely more) proof that evolution is true as those theories mentioned above, yet the right has no problem believeing those other "theories." I do think the questions may be a little restricting. Many religious liberals view the Bible as a guide, not as a scientific text book. That doesn't mean they completely remove God from the equation; it is just that the overly simplified bible story does not answer many of the more difficult questions about the origin of man. Still, to believe that the earth is less than 10,000 (that's thousand) years old and that all people on earth (all races, creeds, etc) originated with Adam & Eve is freakin' ridiculous. I don't care who you are, and what your politics are. That is a nice story to tell young kids in religious school, but should not remain an individual's dominant belief on science beyond age 12.