Yesterday was the 88th anniversary of the decision in the famous Scopes Trial. In the case, John Scopes, a Tennessee high school teacher, was charged with teaching evolution, then against the law in Tennesssee. The trial attracted national attention, becoming a focal point of conflict between religious "modernists" and "fundamentalists". While Scopes lost the trial, the event is considered a watershed moment in American public opinion, with support for evolution among the establishment becoming the norm following the trial.
Questions regarding evolution have continued to divide America over the past century, but new YouGov research reveals the number of those who believe that humans evolved with no influence from God has increased since 2004.
Overall, 21% of Americans believe that "human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions of years, and God did not directly guide this process," while 25% believe that "human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions, but God guided this process" and 37% believe that "God created human beings in their present form within the last ten thousand years".