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Gallup: 46% of Americans believe God created humans within the last 10,000 years

Should we laugh or cry? Man has only been on the earth for 10,000 years? Have these people completely ignored the fossil record? Well, if they are biblical literalists, yeah they do. But this number, 46%, according to Gallup, has remained relatively unchanged for the last 30 years.

Forty-six percent of Americans believe in the creationist view that God created humans in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years….About a third of Americans believe that humans evolved, but with God’s guidance; 15% say humans evolved, but that God had no part in the process.

Highly religious Americans are more likely to be Republican than those who are less religious, which helps explain the relationship between partisanship and beliefs about human origins. The major distinction is between Republicans and everyone else. While 58% of Republicans believe that God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years, 39% of independents and 41% of Democrats agree.

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