Acceptance of Evolution by Religion

According to the Pew Research Forum, the following percentage of Americans from the following religious groups believe that evolution is the best explanation for the origins of human life on earth:

  • Buddhist – 81%
  • Hindu – 80%
  • Jewish – 77%
  • Unaffiliated – 72%
  • Catholic – 58%
  • Orthodox – 54%
  • Mainline Protestant – 51%
  • Muslim – 45%
  • Historically Black Protestant – 38%
  • Evangelical Protestant – 24%
  • Mormon – 22%
  • Jehovah’s Witness – 8%

48% of the total U.S. population agreed that evolution is the best explanation for the origins of human life on earth.

One may also note the education level attained.  27% of Americans have graduated from college (including post-graduates).  Here are the percents for the above religious groups:

  • Buddhist – 48%
  • Hindu – 74%
  • Jewish – 59%
  • Unaffiliated – 29%
  • Catholic – 26%
  • Orthodox – 46%
  • Mainline Protestant – 34%
  • Muslim – 24%
  • Historically Black Protestant – 16%
  • Evangelical Protestant – 20%
  • Mormon – 28%
  • Jehovah’s Witness – 9%
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