42% of Americans hold the creationist belief that God created humanity as it currently exists a mere 10,000 years ago, according to a Gallup poll from May 2014.
The Gallup data shows that a distinct majority of Americans have held the belief that God played a role in human origins since they first started asking the three-part question in 1982. The question stated:
Which of the following statements comes closest to your views on the development and origin of human beings?
1) Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process.
2) Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in this process.
3) God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so.
Saudi Arabia is not the go-to country when you think of atheism, being one of the world’s most repressive Islamic societies. Turns out we may have them pegged all wrong. A 2012 Gallup poll revealed that there is a similar proportion of atheists in Saudi Arabia as in the United States and parts of Europe, and what’s more, those atheists are being increasingly vocal, despite the threat of violence against them.
When Saudi Arabia issued a decree criminalizing the practice of atheism this month, it sparked a blasphemous campaign in response. The hashtag #CampaigntoTearTheQuraninSaudiArabia was tweeted more than 7,800 times in the span of a week, circulating images of protest.
Desecration of the Quran is one of the most extreme acts of blasphemy that a Muslim can perpetrate and has been a trigger for violent reactions around the world. Several days ago, an angry mob burned a Hindu temple in Pakistan to the ground after rumors circulated that a Quran had been desecrated by one of its members.
Americans still rate the Republican Party less favorably than the Democratic Party, 39% vs. 46%. But both parties’ ratings are down from November 2012. The Democrats’ rating dropped more, from 51% just after President Barack Obama won re-election. Americans’ ratings of the Democratic Party are now more on par with readings earlier in 2012, while their ratings of the GOP are the lowest since May 2010.
The Gallup poll shows that just 10 percent of Americans say they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in Congress, down three points from last year. That low level is relatively consistent between Democrats, Republicans and Independents.
“This is the lowest level of confidence Gallup has found, not only for Congress, but for any institution on record,” Gallup wrote Thursday.
Not known for its sense of humor, the Chinese Communist Party’s official mouthpiece apparently fell for a parody by The Onion, the satirical newspaper and Web site, when it reported Tuesday in some online editions of People’s Daily that Kim Jong-un, the young, chubby North Korean ruler, had been named the “Sexiest Man Alive for 2012.”
Or did it?
More swing-state voters trust President Barack Obama to handle Medicare than Mitt Romney, according to a poll Monday.
Fifty percent of registered voters in 12 swing states trust Obama to handle Medicare, compared to 44 percent who trust Romney more, according to a Gallup Poll. Nationally, Obama has a 51 percent to 43 percent edge over the Republican nominee.
Only 44 percent said Romney and running mate Paul Ryan have put forth a specific plan to overhaul Medicare. Ryan, as chairman of the House Budget Committee, has proposed giving seniors money to purchase either a government plan or a private plan, which Democrats have criticized as “ending Medicare as we know it” because the voucher might not be enough to cover medical costs comparable to traditional Medicare.
Fifty percent believe Romney and Ryan don’t have a plan. Thirty-six percent of swing-state voters believe the GOP ticket would weaken Medicare.
- Kevin Robillard
Americans were more impressed by the Democratic National Convention than by the GOP gathering in Tampa, with former president Bill Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention winning over even GOP and independent voters, a new poll Monday showed.
Forty three percent of those surveyed said the Democratic convention made them more likely to vote for President Barack Obama, according to a Gallup poll while 40 percent said the Republican National Convention made them more likely to vote for GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
A majority of Americans — 56 percent — said Clinton’s speech was either “excellent” or “good.” Fifty two percent of independents said the same. Three-tenths of Republicans said the same, and another 28 percent conceded Clinton’s speech was “OK.”
Forty three percent of Americans said President Barack Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention was “excellent” or “good.” Only 38 percent said the same of Romney’s speech in Tampa. Those are the lowest totals since Gallup began tracking the speeches in 1996.
Americans continue to place more blame for the country’s ongoing economic problems on former President George W. Bush than on President Barack Obama, a new survey shows.
Though Bush has been out of office for nearly 3½ years, 68 percent blame him a “great deal” or “moderate amount” for the nation’s economic woes, according to a Gallup Poll released Thursday. Meanwhile, 52 percent of Americans believe the same about Obama.
There exists a partisan divide on who blames who for the current economic distress but Republicans are more willing to blame Bush than Democrats are willing to blame Obama.
In fact, 49 percent of Republicans said Bush was greatly or moderately responsible for America’s economic woes, compared with 51 percent who said he wasn’t. On the other hand, 19 percent of Democrats blame Obama for the current distress, while 81 percent say he is “not much” or “not at all” responsible.
The White House’s proposed “Buffett Rule” looks like a political winner, at least for now.
A new Gallup poll finds that six in 10 Americans support the idea of a law that would require households that earn $1 million or more a year to pay a minimum 30% tax rate, as President Obama has called for. Thirty-seven percent are opposed.
Three out of four Democrats favor the plan, while Republicans are split 43% for and 54% against. Among independent voters, 63% back the idea, while 33% oppose it.
Last September, Obama called for tax reform that would, in part, ensure that the middle class did not have a higher tax burden than “millionaires and billionaires.” It was dubbed the “Buffett Rule” because, as Obama put it at the time using the multibillionaire as an example, “Warren Buffett’s secretary shouldn’t pay a higher tax rate than Warren Buffett.”
The president renewed his push for what he considers “tax fairness” this week, an effort timed to coincide with an expected vote on a legislative version of the proposal in the Senate next week, itself tied to the April 17 income tax filing deadline.
Obama’s reelection campaign is also pushing the proposal, seeking to highlight presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s wealth and the fact that he paid 15% in taxes on millions in income.