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2019: Survey of U.S. Adults'
Beliefs About the Evolution
of Humans on Earth:

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2019-FEB-11: Pew Research findings :

David Masci, writing for the Pew Reserch Center, discussed the public's views -- mainly in the U.S. -- about the past development of humans on Earth (if any). 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.

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

    • 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 processthat was controlled by God or a higher power.

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

  • Of particualr interest is the Pew Research findings of beliefs 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

The "unaffiliated" group includes persons who are not affiliated with an organized religious group, like Agnostics, Atheists, Wiccans, those who are spiritual but not religious, etc. This group is often called "Nones." Unfortunately, this sounds like another religious word "nuns." To avoid confusion, this web site prefers the term "Notas" which is short for "NOT Affiliated."

 

 

 

 

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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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Author: B.A. Robinson
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