From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Wed Aug 31 2005 - 05:59:51 MDT

In a finding that is likely to intensify the debate over what to teach
students about the origins of life, a poll released yesterday found that
nearly two-thirds of Americans say that creationism should be taught
alongside evolution in public schools.

The poll found that 42 percent of respondents held strict creationist views,
agreeing that "living things have existed in their present form since the
beginning of time."

In contrast, 48 percent said they believed that humans had evolved over
time. But of those, 18 percent said that evolution was "guided by a supreme
being," and 26 percent said that evolution occurred through natural
selection. In all, 64 percent said they were open to the idea of teaching
creationism in addition to evolution, while 38 percent favored replacing
evolution with creationism.

The poll was conducted July 7-17 by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public
Life and the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. The questions
about evolution were asked of 2,000 people. The margin of error was 2.5
percentage points.

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