NEW YORK, Nov. 22, 2004
CBS News Polls
Americans do not believe that humans evolved, and the vast majority says
that even if they evolved, God guided the process. Just 13 percent say that
God was not involved. But most would not substitute the teaching of
creationism for the teaching of evolution in public schools.
Support for evolution is more heavily concentrated among those with more
education and among those who attend religious services rarely or not at
There are also differences between voters who supported Kerry and those who
supported Bush: 47 percent of John Kerry?s voters think God created humans
as they are now, compared with 67 percent of Bush voters.
VIEWS ON EVOLUTION/CREATIONISM
God created humans in present form
Humans evolved, God guided the process
Humans evolved, God did not guide process
Overall, about two-thirds of Americans want creationism taught along with
evolution. Only 37 percent want evolutionism replaced outright.
More than half of Kerry voters want creationism taught alongside evolution.
Bush voters are much more willing to want creationism to replace evolution
altogether in a curriculum (just under half favor that), and 71 percent
want it at least included.
FAVOR SCHOOLS TEACHING?
Creationism and evolution
Creationism instead of evolution
60 percent of Americans who call themselves Evangelical Christians, however,
favor replacing evolution with creationism in schools altogether, as do 50
percent of those who attend religious services every week.
This poll was conducted among a nationwide random sample of 885 adults
interviewed by telephone November 18-21, 2004. There were 795 registered
voters. The error due to sampling could be plus or minus three percentage
points for results based on all adults and all registered voters.