Survey on Religion and Both Parties
About half the public (48%) says that humans and other living things have evolved over time, while 42% say that living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time. Fully 70% of white evangelical Protestants say that life has existed in its present form since the beginning of time; fewer than half as many white mainline Protestants (32%) and white Catholics (31%) agree.
I tend to be most bothered by the one-third of Catholics who believe in the literal truth of the Genesis creation tale, since the official doctrine of the Catholic church is accepting of evolution. Unfortunately, the new pope may change that. Overall, I find this survey troubling but not surprising.
Hat tip: Andrew Sullivan, who writes, "I must say that there are times when one is rendered speechless. No educated intelligent person could possibly look at the evidence of science and say such a thing. And yet we are supposed to have a reasoned debate with these people on the matter. How is that even possible?"
UPDATE: Kevin Drum reminds me that 25 percent of Americans think the sun revolves around the earth. The link is to a PDF of the study results, which are all fascinating.