A 2014 poll by Gallup seems to say that in the U.S., 42% believe Creationist view of human origins.

Is this really true? Are any of the claims from this study dubious?

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    Can you say how your question is different from this one? skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/9661 Apr 21, 2016 at 19:34
  • @ZackWolske I think I just question the validity of their polling results, whereas that question presumes the truth of Gallup's results and asks something different in light of that.
    – LCIII
    Apr 21, 2016 at 19:38
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    @LCIII the 42% excludes people who believe God created humans more than 10,000 years ago and people who believe that God created humans, but they have evolved some since then, otherwise the number would be higher.
    – DavePhD
    Apr 21, 2016 at 19:39
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    @DavePhD I think the OP is skeptical that the creationist numbers are that high. Apr 21, 2016 at 19:56
  • @JasonR: Americans are not alone. The Amazing Randi finds silly stuff in UK and Russia, at least. Apr 21, 2016 at 20:09

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The figures are roughly confirmed by a different 2014 survey by Pew Research (Sample size = 35,071) :

33% believe "Humans and other living things have evolved due to natural processes such as natural selection"

25% believe "A supreme being guided the evolution of living things for the purpose of creating humans and other life in the form it exists today"

34% believe "Humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time"

4% believe "Humans and other living things have evolved over time" but don't know or refused answer whether this involved a supreme being

4% simply didn't know or refused to answer

The sample size of the Pew survey is 35 times larger than the Gallup survey.

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