According to the results of a new poll released by Angus Reid Public Opinion, the majority of folks in the Southern United States believe that humans have only been around for about the last 10,000 years - roughly since the time of the agricultural revolution.
The poll (PDF available here) asked respondents in Britain, Canada and the United States to choose which of the following statements came closest to their own point of view regarding the origin and development of human beings on planet earth?
A. Human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions of years
B. God created human beings in their present form within the last 10,000 years
C. Not sure
68% of participating Brits selected evolution as the best explanation for human existence, as did a 61% majority of the Canadian respondents. In the United States however, only 35% of those polled accepted that humans came to be via a process of graduated change.
From the regional perspective, residents of Southern United States showed the greatest alignment with a creationist view of human origins; 51% indicated that they believed humans to have only been around for 10,000 years or less. Respondents from the Northeastern U.S. demonstrated more inkling towards accepting evolution with 41% endorsing change over millions of years and 38% opting for more divine explanations.
Yankees and their highfalutin ideas…
Photo: Australopithecus afarensis from Wikipedia