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Poll: 60 Percent of Americans Believe in Human Evolution

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Six-in-ten Americans now believe that humans have evolved over time, while approximately one-in-three believe people have always existed in their present form, according to a new survey.

The Pew Research Center poll questioned nearly 2000 American adults about their beliefs regarding human evolution, and found that 60 percent of respondents believe that humans and other living things have evolved over time."

Thirty-three percent of respondents took the opposite view, saying humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time.

Of those who believe humans have evolved, approximately 50 percent think the process is natural, while 24 percent credit a supreme being, such as God.

Respondents' religious affiliations proved to be accurate predictors of their views on the subject, with 78 percent of white mainline Protestants expressing belief in human evolution, while 64 percent of white evangelical Protestants reject the idea. Fifty percent of black Protestants who responded to the survey believe humans have always existed in their present form.

A strong majority of both Hispanic and white Catholic respondents accept the concept of evolution. Seventy-six percent of those surveyed who are religiously unaffiliated believe humans have evolved.

A growing divide in Americans' belief in evolution was found along political lines, according to Pew researchers. Sixty-four percent of responding Democrats expressed belief in evolution -- a viewpoint shared by 43 percent of Republicans.

The number of Republicans who think humans have evolved has fallen significantly since 2009, when Pew researchers last asked the question. Fifty-four percent of respondents to that survey said they believed such a process had taken place over time.
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