Two New Polls Show Americans Reject Evolution Theory and Want Alternatives Taught

By Terry Vanderheyden

WASHINGTON, March 8, 2006 ( – Two recent polls have revealed that Americans are sceptical about Darwin’s explanation for the origins of life, and want schools to teach kids other alternatives to his theory of evolution.

A Zogby poll released Monday asked the question, “When Darwin’s theory of evolution is taught in school, students should also be able to learn about scientific evidence that points to an intelligent design of life.” Fully 77% of over 1,000 respondents agreed with this statement. Alternately, only 19% felt that Darwin’s theories of evolution should be presented exclusively.

The biggest subgroup of supporters for alternate explanations for the origin of life was 18-29 year-olds (88%). Those most likely to disagree were those age 50-64, Democrats, college graduates, and residents of the Western states and large cities.

In a related Gallup poll released today, the organization asked “Which of the following statements comes closest to your views on the origin and development of human beings: 1) Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process, 2) Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in this process, 3) God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so?”

Forty-five percent of respondents said that they believed God created man in his present form; 38% said man developed with God guiding; while only 13% believed God had no part in the process. In addition, when asked about how they believed God created man, over half said they believed God created man exactly how the Bible describes it, while 31% said that man evolved with God’s help.

See the Gallup report:

See related coverage:
  Darwinian Evolution Incompatible with Catholic Faith says Cardinal and Author of Catholic Catechism
  Over 500 PhD Scientists Proclaim Their Doubts About Darwin’s Theory
  Astonishing 88% of Americans Believe in Creation or God-Directed Evolution

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