42% of Americans say they believe the world was created whole 10,000 years ago
And 73% of Americans either don't believe in evolution or have no idea what it is.
The poll, conducted between May 8 to 11, asked respondents to identify which of the following three statements came closest to their own views on the origin and development of human beings:
Human beings have 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
God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so
The results: 42% said God created humans in their present form, 31% said humans evolved with God guiding, and a paltry 19% said God had no part in the process. That means 73% of Americans don't understand Darwinian natural selection — a stand-alone process that does not require supernatural intervention.
By contrast, 22% of people in Canada and the UK believe in literal creationism. By contrast, in Norway, only 8% still believe in creationism.
The number of Americans who believe God had no part in the process has doubled since 1999.