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Only one-third of Americans reject evolution

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A poll recently conducted by the Pew Research Center revealed that 33% of Americans believe that “humans existed in human form since the beginning.”

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Among those who say they agree with evolution, about 50% attribute it to natural processes such as natural selection. On the other hand, 24% of those who believe in evolution say a supreme being guided the evolution of living things.

The telephone interviews, conducted from March 21 – April 8, 2013, revealed a growing divide emerging between Republican and Democrats regarding the evolution issue. In 2009, 54% of Republicans told Pew they believed in evolution as opposed to 48% in the 2013 study. The number of Democrats believing in human evolution rose from 64% in 2009 to 67% in 2013. What that means is the difference between Democratic and Republican evolution beliefs was 10% in 2009, but had grown to 19% in 2013.

It may be surprising to know that 78% of white mainline Protestants said humans and other living things have evolved over time, especially in light of the following: 76% of the religiously unaffiliated; 68% of white non-Hispanic Catholics; and 53% of Hispanic Catholics agreed with evolution.

So, where do you stand on the issue of evolution? More importantly, do you know why you believe as you do?

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