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Proposed Section: Public Opinion
I'm proposing a section on public opinion relating to Creationism based on Gallup, based on the following primary sources:
According to this, 46% of Americans believe in Young Earth Creationism as of May 2012, that God created man in present form in the last 10,000 years. 32% believe in Old Earth Creationism, that humans evolved with God guiding. Just 15% believe in atheistic evolution, that humans evolved but God played no role in the process. 7% have no opinion. The range of support for Americans believing in Young Earth Creationism has ranged from 40-47% since 1982 when Gallup began polling the question, which has been asked 11 times.
In June 2007, 39% said Young Earth Creationism was "definitely true" and 27% said it was "probably true", a total of 66% support. On the other hand, 18% said Evolution is "definitely true" and 35% said it's "probably true", a total of 53% support.
--Jzyehoshua 02:10, 22 July 2012 (EDT)
- The percentage of support for Young Earth Creationism has actually gone up 2 points since 1982 when the question was first asked. 2/3 of Americans believing it's true is much higher than most people realize. I think a public polling section here would be fitting. --Jzyehoshua 12:33, 24 July 2012 (EDT)
- I will fix it later this week. Thanks. Conservative 13:02, 24 July 2012 (EDT)
- Alright, thanks! Here's the content I'm proposing - I'd add it myself if the page weren't protected:
Public polling, as seen below (sourced from Gallup), reveals that 46% of Americans believe in Young Earth Creationism, that "God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so" (2012, May 3-6). 32% believe that humans evolved with God guiding (Old Earth Creationism), and just 15% believe humans evolved but God had no part in the process (Atheistic Evolution).
|Polling Date||God created humans in present form||Humans evolved, with God guiding||Humans evolved, but God had no part in process||No opinion|
|2012, May 3-6||46%||32%||15%||7%|
|2010, December 10-12||40%||38%||16%||6%|
|2008, May 8-11||44%||36%||14%||5%|
|2007, May 10-13||43%||38%||14%||4%|
|2006, May 8-11||46%||36%||13%||5%|
|2004, November 7-10||45%||38%||13%||4%|
|2001, November 19-21||45%||37%||12%||5%|
|1999, August 24-26||47%||40%||9%||4%|
|1997, November 6-9||44%||39%||10%||7%|
|1993, June 23-26||47%||35%||11%||7%|
In 2007 (June 1-3), Gallup also asked Americans what they thought of Young Earth Creationism and Evolution, whether they believe them to be Definitely True, Probably True, Probably False, or Definitely False. 39% answered Young Earth Creationism is Definitely True, and 27% Probably True, a total of 66% support. 18% answered Evolution is Definitely True, and 35% Probably True, a total of 53% support.
|Answer||Definitely True||Probably True||Probably False||Definitely False||No opinion|
|Creationism, that is, the idea that God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years||39%||27%||16%||15%||3%|
|Evolution, that is, the idea that human beings developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life||18%||35%||16%||28%||3%|
--Joshua Zambrano 00:53, 25 July 2012 (EDT)
- Changed column headers of poll to the actual poll wording. SharonW 10:11, 25 July 2012 (EDT)
- Yeah - only reason I left those like that was because (A) it made for better column widths, and (B) I wasn't sure if Gallup would like the tables looking too identical. I figured it'd be safer for Fair Use purposes to show some differences. I'm fine with the changes though. --Joshua Zambrano 10:28, 25 July 2012 (EDT)
- Gallup (2012).Evolution, Creationism, Intelligent Design.
- Newport, F. (2012, June 1).In U.S.,46% Hold Creationist View of Human Origins. Gallup