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Topics At A Glance: Evolution and Creationism

Sample iPOLL here, but there are more than 100 questions on Evolution and Creationism since 1981!

Familiarity With Origins of Life

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From what you've heard or read, do scientists generally agree that humans evolved over time, are scientists divided, or do scientists generally disagree that humans evolved over time?
PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, [Sep, 2011]




How much have you heard or read about the theory of evolution?...A lot, some, not too much, nothing at all
VCU Life Sciences Survey, [May, 2010]




From what you've heard or read, do you think the evidence on evolution is widely accepted within the scientific community, or do many scientists have serious doubts about it?
VCU Life Sciences Survey, [May, 2010]



Views About Creationism/Evolution

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Which of the following statements comes closest to your views on the origin and development of human beings--human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process, human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in this process, or God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so?
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32     Man developed,with God guiding
15     Man developed, but God had no part in process
46     God created man in present form
7     Other/No opinion
Gallup Poll, [May, 2012]




(Thinking about candidates for President, please tell me whether their views on the following issues would make you more likely to vote for them, less likely to vote for them or whether it would not make a difference to your vote.) If a candidate for President...does not believe in evolution, would this make you more likely to vote for them, less likely to vote for them, or would it not make a difference?
PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, [Sep, 2011]




Do you believe that the theory of evolution is definitely true, probably true, probably false, or definitely false?
CNN/ORC International Poll, [Sep, 2011]



Creationism in the Public Schools

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Say a candidate for president...thinks public schools should teach creationism or intelligent design alongside evolution as part of the science curriculum. Would you be more likely to vote for a candidate who held this position, less likely, or wouldn't it make much difference in your vote? (If More/Less likely, ask:) Is that much more/less likely or somewhat more/less likely?
ABC News/Washington Post Poll, [Sep, 2011]




And which of these court trials focused on whether evolution could be taught in public schools?...The Scopes trial, the Salem witch trials, Brown vs. Board of Education
Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life Religious Knowledge Survey, [May, 2010]




Would you generally favor or oppose teaching creationism along with evolution in public schools?
CBS News Poll, [Sep, 2008]



From the Archives


(Whenever a species of plant or animal becomes endangered there are a number of arguments for and against protecting it. I am going to read to you some of these arguments--first the ones in favor of protecting an individual species and then some arguments against. For each one, please tell me if you think it usually is a strong argument, or not a strong argument.)... The extinction of some plants and animals, such as the dinosaurs, is a normal part of evolution that humans shouldn't interfere with
Times Mirror Magazines National Environmental Forum Survey, [Feb, 1992]




(Suppose that on election day this year you could vote on key issues as well as candidates. Please tell me whether you would vote for or against each one of the following propositions.)... A law that would require that the Biblical doctrine of creationism be taught along with evolution in public schools
Gallup Poll, [Apr, 1996]




Do you think public schools only teach the Bible's account of the creation of life on earth, or should they only teach evolution, or should they teach both?
Religion And Public Life, [Dec, 1987]




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answered Animals and other living things have evolved due to natural processes such as natural selection when asked "And do you think that animals and other living things have evolved due to natural processes such as natural selection, or a supreme being guided the evolution of living things for the purpose of creating animals and other life in the form it exists today?"
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Poll, [Mar, 2013]


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