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Young Icelanders Don’t Believe God Created Universe

Almost 18 percent of Icelanders believe that God created the universe, according to a poll conducted by Maskína, RÚV reports. Meanwhile, 62 percent believe the universe was created in the Big Bang.

Attitudes vary a great deal, depending on respondents’ age, place of residence, education level and political affiliation.

Among those 25 and younger, 94 percent adhere to the Big Bang theory while 0 percent believe God created the world. Those aged 55 and older are of a different opinion. About 46 percent of them support the Big Bang theory and 24.5 percent believe God created the world.

Support for the Big Bang theory is the greatest in the greater Reykjavík area, or 67.3-68.8 percent, whereas it’s the least, or 46.9 percent, in South Iceland and the Reykjanes area in Southwest Iceland.

Respondents who have a university degree are more supportive of the Big Bang theory, or 68 percent of them, compared with 44.1 percent of those who only completed mandatory education.

An interesting difference in attitude appears when it comes to political affiliations. Supporters of the Progressive Party stand out in believing that God created the universe, or 37.1 percent, while 38.1 percent of the party’s supporters adhere to the Big Bang theory. The strongest support for the big bang theory lies with those who would vote for the Pirate Party, the Left Green Movement and the Social Democratic Alliance, or 75.1, 77.6 and 78.3 percent, respectively. In those same parties, belief that God created the universe stands at 7.2, 5.5 and 6.2 percent, respectively.

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