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How Highly Religious Americans View Evolution Depends on How They’re Asked About It

These findings are in keeping with arguments from scholars of religion that highly religious people may feel conflicted about saying that humans have evolved over time unless they are able to clarify their views about the role of God in these processes. A number of past Pew Research Center surveys have experimented with ways to ask about beliefs in evolution, including ways to ask about the role of “a supreme being” in evolution. For a summary, see “The Evolution of Pew Research Center’s Survey Questions About the Origins and Development of Life on Earth.”

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