A USA Today/Gallup Poll found that two-thirds of Americans say creationism is definitely or probably true. The poll also found that by a margin of more than 2-to-1 more Americans believe creationism is "definitely true” as opposed to those who believe as strongly in evolution.
Creationism is the idea that God created humans in their present form within the past 10,000 years in accordance with biblical accounts. The debate over creationism and evolution continues to evoke strong emotion across the country in school boards and various state legislatures. In the 2009 presidential race, Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee all raised their hands during the GOP candidates’ debate when asked who did not believe in evolution — the competing belief system that humans evolved from less-advanced life forms over millions of years, according to a report in USA Today.
"For me it’s as simple as ‘In the beginning, God created heaven and earth,’” Huckabee, who could run in a future Presidential race, told members of the media recently. Does he believe in the theory that modern humans descended from primates? "No, I don’t,” is his response. While Huckabee said the issue doesn’t belong in a presidential race and seven in 10 in the new poll agree it is "not really relevant,” it promises nonetheless to continue to haunt future candidates and may even impact their appeal with certain voters. Democratic pollster Mark Mellman said the three hand raisers at the debate made the GOP "look like it’s a front for the Flat Earth Society." So that's where Obama's backers stand.