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2019: Survey: Beliefs of U.S.
Adults About Human Evolution:

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2019-FEB-11: Pew Research findings:

David Masci, writing for the Pew Research Center, discussed the U.S. public's views about whether evolution has changed humans over time. 1

He cited a 2019 Pew Research study 2 which found that, in the United States:

  • 18% of U.S. adults believe that humans have not evolved over time. That is, the first humans were very similar or identical to present-day humans.

  • 81% of U.S. adults believe that humans have evolved over time. Of these:

    • 33% believe we have evolved due to a process like natural selection with no involvement by God or a higher power.

    • 48% believe we have evolved due to a process that was controlled by God or a "higher power."

  • This implies that only about 1% had no opinion on the topic. This is a remarkably low value for a national poll in the U.S.

  • Of particualr interest is the Pew Research findings of beliefs when sorted by U.S. adults holding a variety of religious beliefs:
Religious
Belief
% Exist in
Present
Form
% Theistic
Evoluiion
% Natural
Selecction
White
Evangelical
Protestants.
38
58
4
Black
Protestants
27
66
6
White
Mainline
Protestants
16
53
30
Roman
Catholics

13
56
30
Unaffiliated
11
24
64

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  • In comparison, a survey of the American Associaton for the Advancement of Science during 2018-APR/MAY found that:
    • 98% of their membership believed that humans have evolved over time, and

    • 2% believe that humans have alwas existed in their present form.

    • 1% didn't know, or did not answer the survey question.

The "unaffiliated" group includes persons who are not affiliated with an organized religious group. This includes Agnostics, Atheists, Wiccans, other Neo-pagans, those who are spiritual but not religious, etc. This group is often called "Nones." Unfortunately, this term is a homphone of another religious word "nuns." That is, the words are spelled differently; they refer to differnt groups, and they sound the same. To avoid confusion, this web site prefers the term "Notas" which is short for "NOT Affiliated."

Surveys in Latin America have found that 40% or more of adults in countries like Ecuador, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic believe that humans and other species have always existed in their current form. This is in spite of the fact that most adults in these countries are Roman Catholics, and the denomination now teaches evolution.

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. David Masci, "For Darwin Day, 6 facts about the evolution debate.," Pew Reserch Center, 2019-FEB-11, at: http://www.pewresearch.org/
  2. Cary Funk, "How highly religious Americans view evolution depends on how they’re asked about it," Pew Research Center, 2019-FEB-06, at: http://www.pewresearch.org

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