Gallup has updated their origins survey:
Which of the following statements comes closest to your views on the origin and development of human beings?
1) Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process,
2) Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in this process,
3) God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so.
since 1982 . . .
the 46% who today choose the creationist explanation is virtually the same as the 45% average over that period — and very similar to the 44% who chose that explanation in 1982. The 32% who choose the “theistic evolution” view that humans evolved under God’s guidance is slightly below the 30-year average of 37%, while the 15% choosing the secular evolution view is slightly higher (12%).
See: In U.S., 46% Hold Creationist View of Human Origins
Adding the 46% “creationism” and 32% “theistic evolution” shows that 78% believe God was involved in human origins.
Some thoughts: Gallup ignores Intelligent Design. How do we drag Gallup into the 21st century to differentiate those who believe that there is objective evidence for an intelligent designer, versus those accepting that God created mankind based on revelation (regardless of the age of the earth)?
How would you rephrase the questions for Gallup?
e.g., Belief in “creation” in contrast to “guided evolution” does not require a “young” version within 10,000 years. These issues should be separated out to ask:
“God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time.”
Then have a separate question for whether you believe in an “old” earth vs a “young” earth.
If God can “guide evolution”, he could as easily “create” life and the genome initially or progressively?
How old was “Adam” when he was created. If the earth was created, how old was it the next day? e.g., could it have been created about 10,000 years and have it look as if it were 4.5 billion years old? How would we distinguish between those?