According to a recent Gallup poll, 46% of Americans believe that "God" created humans as told in the bible story. That compares to 44% in 1982. Add to that, believers in Intelligent Design came in 2nd at 32%, and believers in actual evolution were 3rd at 15%.
There was also a somewhat expected split between Republicans and Democrats - Among Repubs, 60% were creationist, but among Dems 41% were creationist (Does that average out to 46% of all Americans? Maybe Independents and Apathetics skew the averages)
Disappointing. I thought we were evolving faster than that. Inability to evolve is not a good long term strategy.
It is social intimidation or a type of mob mentality...monkey see/hear then mokey do/say/believe. That is why I think it is SO important for more of us to come out so that others will no longer fear atheists or atheists thought-processes. I came out at one job when a small minded woman cornered me and turns out another atheist and a near-atheist worked there, too! But, I had to come out before they would.