The finding is slightly less than the percentage who felt this way in 1982 and there is no evidence in this trend of a significant movement toward a more scientific viewpoint on human origins.
The study also found that 46 percent of Americans believe that God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years. This is little changed from the 44 percent of Americans who believed this 30 years ago, when Gallup first asked the question.
Most scientists who study humans agree that the species evolved over millions of years and did not begin in their current form only 10,000 years ago without the benefit of evolution. This makes almost half of Americans who continue to hold to an antievolutionary belief about the origin of humans at odds with the preponderance of the scientific research and information.