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Understanding Gallup’s Latest Poll on Evolution

When a pollster that’s been surveying public opinion about evolution at intervals over the past thirty-five years declares, “In US, Belief in Creationist View of Humans at New Low,” as Gallup did on May 22, 2017, it’s a good idea to pay attention. But it’s also a good idea to pay attention to the details.

Since 1982, Gallup has been asking “Which of the following statements comes closest to your views on the origin and development of human beings?” and presenting respondents with three options (not always in the same order, to control for order effects):

• God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so;

• Human beings 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. (emphasis in original)

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