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  • Religion news: Beliefs in evolution remain steady, according to Pew survey

  • According to a new Pew Research Center analysis, six-in-10 Americans (60 percent) say that "humans and other living things have evolved over time," while a third (33 percent) reject the idea of evolution, saying that "humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time."
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  • According to a new Pew Research Center analysis, six-in-10 Americans (60 percent) say that "humans and other living things have evolved over time," while a third (33 percent) reject the idea of evolution, saying that "humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time."
    The share of the general public that says that humans have evolved over time is about the same as it was in 2009, when Pew Research last asked the question.
    About half of those who express a belief in human evolution take the view that evolution is "due to natural processes such as natural selection" (32 percent of the American public overall). But many Americans believe that God or a supreme being played a role in the process of evolution. Indeed, roughly a quarter of adults (24 percent) say that "a supreme being guided the evolution of living things for the purpose of creating humans and other life in the form it exists today."
    These beliefs differ strongly by religious group. White evangelical Protestants are particularly likely to believe that humans have existed in their present form since the beginning of time. Roughly two-thirds (64 percent) express this view, as do half of black Protestants (50 percent). By comparison, only 15 percent of white mainline Protestants share this opinion.
    There also are sizable differences by party affiliation in beliefs about evolution, and the gap between Republicans and Democrats has grown. In 2009, 54 percent of Republicans and 64 percent of Democrats said humans have evolved over time, a difference of 10 percentage points. Today, 43 percent of Republicans and 67 percent of Democrats say humans have evolved, a 24-point gap.
    The nationwide Pew Research Center survey was conducted March 21 to April 8, 2013, with a representative sample of 1,983 adults, ages 18 and older, on landlines and cellphones in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3.0 percentage points.
     
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    Survey Says
    Many people may not know that less than 1 percent of the world's Christians live in the place where Christianity began - the Middle East-North Africa region. With only about 4 percent of its residents identifying as Christian, the region's share of Christians is the smallest in the world, according to a 2011 Pew Research report. There are more Christians living in Indonesia (24 million) than in the region where Jesus of Nazareth was born (13 million as of 2010).
     
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