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Survey: Majority of Adults Think Religion and Science Conflict

Oct 22, 2015

Nearly 6 in 10 American adults think science and religion are often at odds with one another, up from 2009 when 55% of adults thought the same, according to a new Pew Research Study.

But it's not for the reason you think: according to Pew, those surveyed think other people's religious beliefs conflict with science moreso than their own. Only 30% of Americans say their own beliefs contradict with science, while a whopping 68% say they do not. In fact, the vast majority of people with an opinion on this aren't particularly religious—73% of those who say science and religion conflict seldom or never attend religious services.

According to the results of the survey, for which Pew surveyed 2,002 American adults in Aug. 2014, Hispanic Catholics and white Evangelical protestants are the most likely to see no conflict between religion and science. About 40% of Evangelical protestants, however, say their own religious beliefs are sometimes contrary to science while 57% disagree.

The survey margin of error of plus or minus 3.1%.

Read more at Pew.

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