Published Online: August 31, 2005

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Poll: Most Americans Support Teaching Creationism Alongside Evolution

As debates over how to teach life’s origins play out across the country, a new poll says that 64 percent of Americans favor teaching creationism alongside evolution in public school classrooms, while only 26 percent oppose that idea.

That support for presenting both views is reflected broadly across Americans of various religious and political affiliations, from conservative Republicans to liberal Democrats, according to the poll, released Aug. 30 by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, a research organization in Washington.

The survey shows that 38 percent of respondents said that creationism—the biblical belief that God created the universe and all living things—should be taught instead of evolution. Forty-nine percent did not agree with that position.

The poll—which surveyed 2,000 adults on a number of issues—had a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.

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