Religion and Public Life Survey, 2006

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EVOFORM

(Percentages are weighted by WEIGHT; Total Ns reported are unweighted)

Some people think that humans and other living things have evolved over time. Others think that humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time. Which of these comes closest to your view?
  1) Have evolved over time
  2) Have existed in their present form since the beginning of time
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Have evolved over time 50.9% 50.9%
Have existed in their present form since the beginning of time 42% 92.9%
Don't know/Refused 7.1% 100%
Total N = 2003

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-64 65+ TOTAL
Have evolved over time 65.4% 59.8% 49.6% 47.4% 40.3% 50.9%
Have existed in their present form since the beginning of time 30.4% 36.1% 46.3% 45.3% 45.1% 42.1%
Don't know/Refused 4.2% 4.1% 4.1% 7.3% 14.6% 7.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1981


Worship attendance (I-ATTEND)

More than once a week Once a week Once or twice a month A few times a year Seldom Never TOTAL
Have evolved over time 26.3% 41.0% 52.0% 58.4% 66.7% 71.9% 51.1%
Have existed in their present form since the beginning of time 67.3% 50.5% 43.4% 32.9% 28.9% 19.6% 41.9%
Don't know/Refused 6.3% 8.5% 4.6% 8.8% 4.4% 8.5% 7.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1990


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) Some college, no 4-year degree (or Vocational or Technical degree AFTER high school) College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other 4-year degree) Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college (e.g., toward a master's Degree or Ph.D.; law or medical school TOTAL
Have evolved over time 42.0% 44.0% 49.4% 61.7% 73.8% 51.0%
Have existed in their present form since the beginning of time 45.7% 48.7% 44.9% 32.2% 22.3% 41.9%
Don't know/Refused 12.3% 7.4% 5.7% 6.0% 4.0% 7.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1992


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Have evolved over time 55.6% 46.6% 50.9%
Have existed in their present form since the beginning of time 39.0% 44.8% 42.0%
Don't know/Refused 5.4% 8.7% 7.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2003


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $20,000 20 to under $30,000 30 to under $50,000 50 to under $75,000 75 to under $100,000 $100,000 or more TOTAL
Have evolved over time 40.5% 47.0% 50.5% 53.2% 55.3% 66.8% 51.7%
Have existed in their present form since the beginning of time 50.9% 45.1% 43.3% 41.6% 38.0% 30.5% 42.0%
Don't know/Refused 8.6% 7.9% 6.3% 5.1% 6.8% 2.7% 6.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1737


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Have evolved over time 48.0% 52.1% 35.5% 63.8% 50.9%
Have existed in their present form since the beginning of time 45.3% 42.1% 45.8% 31.8% 42.0%
Don't know/Refused 6.7% 5.8% 18.7% 4.4% 7.1%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1991



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