A recent Gallup poll has shown that most Americans do not agree with the theory of evolution being the cause for life.The idea that an intelligent source is the cause for the universe is held above naturalistic processes. That is why Akron Fossils & Science Center is important. We present the flaws of uniformitarianism and discuss why intelligent design and Creation science better fit the evidence and data.
Quoting Frank Newport’s concluding remarks in Gallup’s June 1, 2012 press release of the study.
Despite the many changes that have taken place in American society and culture over the past 30 years, including new discoveries in biological and social science, there has been virtually no sustained change in Americans’ views of the origin of the human species since 1982. The 46% of Americans who today believe that God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years is little changed from the 44% who believed this 30 years ago, when Gallup first asked the question.
More broadly, some 78% of Americans today believe that God had a hand in the development of humans in some way, just slightly less than the percentage who felt this way 30 years ago.
All in all, there is no evidence in this trend of a substantial movement toward a secular viewpoint on human origins.
Most Americans are not scientists, of course, and cannot be expected to understand all of the latest evidence and competing viewpoints on the development of the human species. Still, it would be hard to dispute that most scientists who study humans agree that the species evolved over millions of years, and that relatively few scientists believe that humans began in their current form only 10,000 years ago without the benefit of evolution. Thus, almost half of Americans today hold a belief, at least as measured by this question wording, that is at odds with the preponderance of the scientific literature.
June 1, 2012, Gallup, Frank Newport, In U.S., 46% Hold Creationist View of Human Origins: Highly religious Americans most likely to believe in creationism, <http://www.gallup.com/poll/155003/Hold-Creationist-View-Human-Origins.aspx>, Assessed January 16, 2013.