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Table 1 Percentages of U.S. adults in each group who agree with the statement “Humans have evolved over time” (Pew Research 2009 ; Pew Research 2013 ; Gallop News 2014 )

From: Factors influencing minority student decisions to consider a career in evolutionary biology

Demographic groups Evolution acceptance
General Public 54-60
Scientists 97
Gender:  
Women 50-55
Men 58-65
Age:  
65 and older 42-49
50-64 53-59
30-49 57-60
18-29 61-68
Level of Education:  
HS grad or less 44-51
Some college 56-62
College grad 70-72
Religious Affiliation:  
White evangelical Protestants 27-29
Black Protestants 44-46
Hispanic Catholic 48-53
White Catholic 66-68
White mainline Protestants 63-78
Unaffiliated 75-76
Political affiliation:  
Republicans 43-49
Democrats 58-67
Independents 65-67
Religious attendance:  
 Weekly or more 25-35
 Monthly/yearly 48-60
 Seldom/never 66-70
  1. Ranges reflect variation in polls and populations sampled.
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