Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 1997

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ORIGIN

Which do you think is a more likely explanation for the origin of human life on Earth -- the Biblical account of creation or Darwinian evolution?
  1) BIBLICAL ACCOUNT
  2) DARWINIAN EVOLUTION
  3) BOTH, GOD CREATED LIFE AND THEN IT EVOLVED

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
BIBLICAL ACCOUNT 639 75.2% 75.2% -.53
DARWINIAN EVOLUTION 160 18.8% 94% 1.2
BOTH, GOD CREATED LIFE AND THEN IT EVOLVED 51 6% 100% 2.93

Variable Comparisons


Sex (I-SEX)

MALE FEMALE TOTAL
BIBLICAL ACCOUNT 64.5%
234
83.2%
405
75.2%
639
DARWINIAN EVOLUTION 27.3%
99
12.5%
61
18.8%
160
BOTH, GOD CREATED LIFE AND THEN IT EVOLVED 8.3%
30
4.3%
21
6.0%
51
TOTAL 100.0%
363
100.0%
487

850


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Other TOTAL
BIBLICAL ACCOUNT 70.0%
392
87.1%
202
78.8%
41
75.2%
635
DARWINIAN EVOLUTION 22.5%
126
10.3%
24
17.3%
9
18.8%
159
BOTH, GOD CREATED LIFE AND THEN IT EVOLVED 7.5%
42
2.6%
6
3.8%
2
5.9%
50
TOTAL 100.0%
560
100.0%
232
100.0%
52

844


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

MARRIED DIVORCED SEPARATED WIDOWED SINGLE TOTAL
BIBLICAL ACCOUNT 74.6%
344
80.5%
91
80.8%
21
83.9%
47
70.7%
135
75.3%
638
DARWINIAN EVOLUTION 18.0%
83
15.0%
17
11.5%
3
10.7%
6
26.2%
50
18.8%
159
BOTH, GOD CREATED LIFE AND THEN IT EVOLVED 7.4%
34
4.4%
5
7.7%
2
5.4%
3
3.1%
6
5.9%
50
TOTAL 100.0%
461
100.0%
113
100.0%
26
100.0%
56
100.0%
191

847


Religious preference (I-RELIG)

Protestant Catholic Jewish Other No religion TOTAL
BIBLICAL ACCOUNT 80.2%
493
67.8%
80
25.0%
1
79.3%
46
27.3%
12
75.3%
632
DARWINIAN EVOLUTION 13.7%
84
25.4%
30
75.0%
3
17.2%
10
70.5%
31
18.8%
158
BOTH, GOD CREATED LIFE AND THEN IT EVOLVED 6.2%
38
6.8%
8
0.0%
0
3.4%
2
2.3%
1
5.8%
49
TOTAL 100.0%
615
100.0%
118
100.0%
4
100.0%
58
100.0%
44

839


Political party (I-PARTY)

REPUBLICAN DEMOCRAT INDEPENDENT OTHER TOTAL
BIBLICAL ACCOUNT 79.1%
204
76.9%
260
66.9%
109
62.2%
28
74.8%
601
DARWINIAN EVOLUTION 14.7%
38
18.0%
61
26.4%
43
26.7%
12
19.2%
154
BOTH, GOD CREATED LIFE AND THEN IT EVOLVED 6.2%
16
5.0%
17
6.7%
11
11.1%
5
6.1%
49
TOTAL 100.0%
258
100.0%
338
100.0%
163
100.0%
45

804


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high School High School graduate Some college College graduate Post college gradaute TOTAL
BIBLICAL ACCOUNT 80.5%
66
85.8%
223
81.9%
190
64.8%
107
47.2%
51
75.2%
637
DARWINIAN EVOLUTION 15.9%
13
11.2%
29
13.8%
32
27.3%
45
38.0%
41
18.9%
160
BOTH, GOD CREATED LIFE AND THEN IT EVOLVED 3.7%
3
3.1%
8
4.3%
10
7.9%
13
14.8%
16
5.9%
50
TOTAL 100.0%
82
100.0%
260
100.0%
232
100.0%
165
100.0%
108

847


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $10,000 Less than $20,000 Less than $40,000 Less than $60,000 $60,000 or greater TOTAL
BIBLICAL ACCOUNT 77.1%
64
87.4%
83
76.3%
187
69.6%
110
63.6%
91
73.9%
535
DARWINIAN EVOLUTION 20.5%
17
10.5%
10
19.2%
47
21.5%
34
25.2%
36
19.9%
144
BOTH, GOD CREATED LIFE AND THEN IT EVOLVED 2.4%
2
2.1%
2
4.5%
11
8.9%
14
11.2%
16
6.2%
45
TOTAL 100.0%
83
100.0%
95
100.0%
245
100.0%
158
100.0%
143

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