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This obviously varies massively between denominations and even within denominations. I am trying to assess what percentage of Christendom takes early Genesis absolutely literally (six-day creation within the last 10,000 years, Noah's global flood, Adam and Eve as the first humans, etc.) as opposed to allegorically.

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    Welcome to Christianity.SE. For a quick overview of what this site is about, please take the Site Tour. Sounds like an interesting question! – Lee Woofenden Oct 29 '15 at 2:07
  • I don't think you're going to get an accurate percentage on this, because any figure would rely on cobbling together disparate surveys with varying definitions and methodologies. Perhaps you could narrow it down to a particular country at least? – bruised reed Oct 29 '15 at 3:45
  • This article says 10% in 2013: ncse.com/blog/2013/11/… But it wasn't concerned with all of early Genesis, just creation and evolution. – Steve Oct 29 '15 at 3:46
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    @curiousdannii: The question makes it specifically clear what the OP means by "literal". – Flimzy Oct 29 '15 at 9:49
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    @curiousdannii: I'm not sure why you think that's wrong, but most people consider that literalism. But whatever your semantic ax you're trying to grind, I don't think it belongs in comments here. The question makes it clear what is being asked, so your comments aren't serving to clarify the question. – Flimzy Oct 29 '15 at 10:20
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Here is some fairly recent data by those not friendly to creationism.

http://www.religioustolerance.org/ev_publid.htm

It looks like those who believe in creationism are 36%. While those who do not believe in evolution are 29%.

It is interesting to note that while falling, the percent change over the generations is not as steep as one might suspect.

There is also a graph where different denominations are polled about their belief in evolution. From Catholic = 58% to Evangelical = 23%

This might give some idea of the distribution.

  • It's important to note that this only addresses the US. In the rest of the world, creationism isn't much of a thing. – Flimzy Oct 29 '15 at 13:29
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    The survey also doesn't clarify what it means by "creationism", so it's difficult to know if it aligns perfectly with the OP's question, but it's probably safe to assume it's close. – Flimzy Oct 29 '15 at 13:30
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    I want to know what the 13% of atheists who didn't say evolution was the best explanation believe in. :) – ThaddeusB Oct 29 '15 at 14:55
  • @ThaddeusB Yes, that caught my eye, too. The grid of the graph fudges it visually by not going to 100%. – Lee Woofenden Oct 29 '15 at 17:57

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