Poll. Most Republicans believe in creationism

Four in 10 Americans and 52 percent of Republicans believe in creationism, a theory that God created humans in their present form about 10,000 years ago, according to a recent Gallup poll.

Thirty-four percent of Democrats and Independents subscribe to the same view, the poll found.

Thirty-eight percent of all Americans believe that God guided a process by which humans developed over millions of years from less advanced life forms. Sixteen percent, a figure that is slightly higher than in past years, believe humans developed over millions of years, without God’s involvement.

The 40 percent of Americans who hold the creationist view is the lowest in Gallup’s history of asking this question. It’s down from a high point of 47 percent in 1993 and 1999. There has been little change over the years in the percentage holding the view that humans evolved under God’s guidance.

Differences of opinion on evolution were based primarily on education level, religion and political affiliation.