WASHINGTON – According to a new Associated Press poll, over 50% of Americans believe the origin of the universe was guided by a supreme being, while a similarly high number question the reliability of evolution and the big bang theory.
In a nationwide poll conducted by the Associated Press and research group GfK, over 1,000 American adults were asked about their beliefs on various scientific and political issues. According to the recently-released poll results, a majority of Americans are skeptical about evolution and the big bang theory.
The poll found that only 14% of Americans are “extremely confident” that life on Earth can be attributed to evolution and natural selection. In contrast, over 40% of the poll’s participants said they were either “not too confident” or “not at all confident” that life evolved through natural selection.
Much like evolution, the big bang theory is largely questioned by the American public as 51% of those polled said that they were not confident the universe began with a big bang.
Views on the age of the Earth are also sharply divided. The poll shows that approximately one-fourth of Americans believe the Earth is 4.5 billion years old, but 36% doubt the Earth is this old.
Overall, 54% of participants agreed with the following statement: “The universe is so complex, there must be a supreme being guiding its creation.” A much smaller percentage of people—25%–disagreed with this statement.
Pollsters say these survey results show that Americans have “more skepticism than confidence” when it comes to evolution, the big bang, and other naturalistic theories. According to a statement released by the AP and GfK, these findings “depress and upset” evolutionary scientists.
“Confidence in evolution, the Big Bang, the age of the Earth and climate change decline sharply as faith in a supreme being rises, according to the poll,” the statement says. “Likewise, those who regularly attend religious services or are evangelical Christians express much greater doubts about scientific concepts they may see as contradictory to their faith.”
One physicist interviewed by CBS News said the poll results are “enormously distressing.”
Another evolutionist opined that the poll results illustrate the battle between “faith” and “facts.”
Despite evolutionists’ assertions that naturalistic scientific models are substantiated facts, many scientists strongly disagree. Dr. A.J. Monty White is a Ph.D. scientist with experience in geology, chemistry, and other scientific fields.
“It cannot be overemphasized that there are many places in the fossil record where it is expected that plenty of intermediate forms should be found—yet they are not there,” Dr. White wrote in an article entitled, “Hasn’t Evolution Been Proven True?” “All the evolutionists ever point to is a handful of highly debatable transitional forms, whereas they should be able to show us thousands of incontestable examples.”
“Natural selection (done in the wild) and artificial selection (as done by breeders) produce enormous varieties within the different kinds of plants and animals,” Dr. White added. “It has proved an impossible feat, however, to change one kind of creature into a different kind of plant or animal.”
“The so-called ‘kind barrier’ has never been crossed,” he concluded. “Such evolution has never been observed. This has been pointed out by none other than evolutionary Professor Richard Dawkins, who confidently asserted in an interview that evolution has been observed but then added, ‘It’s just that it hasn’t been observed while it’s happening.’”