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Trend: Which of the Following Statements Comes Closest to Your Views on the Origin and Development of Human Beings?

Trend: Which of the Following Statements Comes Closest to Your Views on the Origin and Development of Human Beings?

Trend: How familiar would you say you are with each of the following explanations about the origin and development of life on earth -- very familiar, somewhat familiar, not too familiar, or not at all familiar? How about -- [ITEMS ROTATED]?

Do you think the theory of evolution is consistent or inconsistent with your religious beliefs?

Next, we'd like to ask about your views on two different explanations for the origin and development of life on earth. Do you think -- [ITEMS ROTATED] -- is -- [ROTATED: definitely true, probably true, probably false, (or) definitely false]?

A. Evolution, that is, the idea that human beings developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life

Definitely
true

Probably
true

Probably
false

Definitely
false

No
opinion

2007 Jun 1-3

18%

35

16

28

3

B. Creationism, that is, the idea that God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years

Definitely
true

Probably
true

Probably
alse

Definitely
false

No
opinion

2007 Jun 1-3

39%

27

16

15

3

If a presidential candidate stated that he or she DID not believe in the theory of evolution, would that make you -- [ROTATED: much more likely to vote for that candidate, a little more likely, not make a difference either way, would it make you a little less likely, (or) much less likely to vote for that candidate]?

Much
more
likely

A little
more
likely

Not
make a
difference

A little
less likely

Much
less likely

No
opinion

Registered voters

2007 Jun 1-3

8%

7

53

14

15

3

National adults

2007 Jun 1-3

8%

7

54

13

15

3

Which comes closer to your view -- [ROTATED: a presidential candidate's views on evolution are a legitimate indicator of whether he or she is qualified to be president, (or) a presidential candidate's views on evolution are not really relevant and therefore should not be discussed as part of the campaign]?

Legitimate
indicator

Not really
relevant

No
opinion

2007 Jun 1-3

25%

70

5

Which of the following statements comes closest to your views on the origin and development of human beings -- [ROTATED: human beings have evolved over millions of years from other forms of life and God guided this process, human beings have evolved over millions of years from other forms of life, but God had no part in this process, or God created human beings in their present form exactly the way the Bible describes it]?

Evolved,
God guided

Evolved,
God had
no part

God created
man exactly
how Bible
describes it

Other
(vol.)

No
opinion

2005 Sep 8-11

31%

12

53

1

3

(vol.) = Volunteered response

How much have you, personally, thought about these different explanations for how human beings came to exist on earth -- a great deal, a moderate amount, not much, or not at all?

Great
deal

Moderate
amount

Not
much

Not
at all

No
opinion

2005 Sep 8-11

41%

35

17

6

1

How much does it matter to you which of those theories is correct -- a great deal, a moderate amount, not much, or not at all?

Great
deal

Moderate
amount

Not
much

Not
at all

No
opinion

2005 Sep 8-11

40%

26

19

14

1

Which comes closer to your view about the relationship between science and religion -- they generally agree with each other, they generally conflict with each other, or they are not related to each other in any meaningful way?

Agree with
each other

Conflict with
each other

Not related in
a meaningful way

No
opinion

2005 Sep 8-11

24%

35

36

5

On a different subject, do you think each of the following explanations about the origin and development of life on earth should or should not be taught in public school science classes, or are you unsure? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

2005 Aug 8-11

Yes, should

No, should not

Unsure

No answer

Evolution

61%

20

19

*

Creationism

54%

22

23

1

Intelligent design

43%

21

35

1

* Less than 0.5%

How familiar would you say you are with each of the following explanations about the origin and development of life on earth -- very familiar, somewhat familiar, not too familiar, or not at all familiar? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

2005 Aug 5-7

Very
familiar

Somewhat
familiar

Not too
familiar

Not at all
familiar

No
opinion

Evolution

45%

37

10

7

1

Creationism

45%

29

15

9

2

Intelligent design

17%

28

27

25

3

For each of the following, please say whether you believe it is -- [ROTATED: definitely true, probably true, probably false, (or) definitely false] as an explanation for the origin and development of life on earth? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

[COMBINED RESPONSES]

2005 Aug 5-7

Definitely
true

Probably
true

Probably
false

Definitely
false

Not familiar
with

No
opinion

Creationism

29%

29

18

8

11

5

Evolution

20%

35

14

20

8

3

Intelligent design

8%

23

22

10

28

9

[SUMMARY TABLE]

2005 Aug 5-7

Definitely/
Probably true

Definitely/
Probably false

Not familiar/
No opinion

Creationism

58%

26

16

Evolution

55%

34

11

Intelligent design

31%

32

37

Next, as you may know, there are two major competing ideas on how human beings came to exist on earth.

If the public schools in your community taught the theory of evolution, -- that is, the idea that human beings evolved from other species of animals -- would you be upset, or not?

Yes, would

No, would not

No opinion

2005 Mar 21-23

34%

63

3

If the public schools in your community taught the theory of creationism -- that is, the idea that human beings were created by God in their present form and did not evolve from other species of animals -- would you be upset, or not?

Yes, would

No, would not

No opinion

2005 Mar 21-23

22%

76

2

[COMBINED RESPONSES]

2005 Mar 21-23

%

Not upset if either taught

45

Upset if evolution taught, but not creationism

30

Upset if creationism taught, but not evolution

18

Upset if both taught

4

No opinion

3

Just your opinion, do you think that Charles Darwin's theory of evolution is -- [ROTATED: a scientific theory that has been well-supported by evidence, (or) just one of many theories and one that has not been well-supported by evidence], or don't you know enough about it to say?

Supported
by evidence

Not supported
by evidence

Don't know
enough to say

No
opinion

2004 Nov 7-10

35%

35

29

1

2001 Feb 19-21

35%

39

25

1

How informed would you say you are about the theory of evolution? Do you feel that you are very informed about the theory of evolution, somewhat informed, only a little informed, or not informed at all?

Very
informed

Somewhat
informed

Not too
informed

Not informed
at all

No
opinion

2001 Feb 19-21

34%

47

11

6

2

How informed would you say you are about the theory of creationism? Do you feel that you are very informed about the theory of creationism, somewhat informed, only a little informed, or not informed at all?

Very
informed

Somewhat
informed

Not too
informed

Not informed
at all

No
opinion

2001 Feb 19-21

40%

40

10

7

3

Would you say that you believe more in -- [ROTATED: the theory of evolution (or) the theory of creationism] to explain the theory of the origin of human beings, or are you unsure? Do you lean more towards -- [ROTATED: the theory of evolution (or) the theory of creationism]?

Theory of
evolution

Lean
toward
evolution

Lean
toward
creationism

Theory of
creationism

No
opinion

2001 Feb 19-21

28%

5

9

48

10

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