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Highly religious Americans are less likely than others to see conflict between faith and science.

Are science and religion at odds with each other? A majority of the public says science and PI_2015-10-22_religion-and-science_0-01religion often conflict, with nearly six-in-ten adults (59%) expressing this view in newly released findings from a Pew Research Center survey. The share of the public saying science and religion are often in conflict is up modestly from 55% in 2009, when Pew Research conducted a similar survey on religion and science.

Most Americans Say Science and Religion Conflict, But Fewer Say Their Own Beliefs Conflict With SciencePeople’s sense that there generally is a conflict between religion and science seems to have less to do with their own religious beliefs than it does with their perceptions of other people’s beliefs. Less than one-third of Americans polled in the new survey (30%) say their personal religious beliefs conflict with science, while fully two-thirds (68%) say there is no conflict between their own beliefs and science.


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