The numbers within the results showed only a slight partisan bent. Democrats believe prayer helps to alleviate injury or illness at a 72 percent clip, Republicans at 83 percent and independents at 78. The only really significant difference was between self-identified liberals at 65 percent and conservatives at 85 percent, with moderates in the middle at 78.
But on the flip side, a larger percentage of Americans believe that evolution as outlined by Darwin and other scientists is responsible for human life on Earth since the last time FOX polled the issue in 1999. Darwinists were once at 15 percent but are now at 21, with the Biblical tenet of creationism now embraced by 45 percent versus the 50 percent seen last time the issue was polled. The percentage of those who think that both are true stayed slightly above a quarter of respondents. There was a fifteen percent difference between Democrats and Republicans on accepting evolution, with 28 percent of Dems and only 13 percent of GOPers believing it was the only explanation.
The FOX News poll used live telephone interviews with 911 adult Americans conducted from August 29th to the 31st. The poll has a sampling error of 3 percent.
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