Many Young Earth Creationists take these data and extrapolate as indicated here:
15th year of Tiberius Caesar. End of the Old Testament chronology. Jesus is about 30 years old.
Subtract 30 years from this date
Add the years of the Christian Era
Age of the world!!
According to this Bible chronology, the world was 6,000 years old about 1958.
How many Young Earth Creationists/Bible Literalists are there in the United States?
[Bible literalists, sometimes called Young Earth Creationists (YECs)
believe that as of 2008 the age of the earth is 6,050 years old. Some
YEC beliefs vary, but none of them exceed 10,000 years as an outside
estimate of the earth's age.]
1. 148 million people
a. This estimate was given by the Public Information Office at the
Institute for Creation Research (ICR) on 12/19/05, in response to a
message left by ProCon.org.
b. The estimate is based on two Gallup polls on
evolution/creationism taken in the 1990s. The representative from ICR
presented the findings of the Gallup polls as "almost half" of all
Americans believing in a young earth.
c. The female representative cited the 2000 U.S. census which
put the population of the United States at 281 million people.
Accounting for the growth rate of 3 million people a year she claimed
that the current population of the United States should be around 296
million people, and then she divided that number in half.
d. As the Public Information Office representative said
herself, this number includes children, and those who have "not yet
made up their mind" about creationism.
2. 130 million people
a. The results of a 1997 Gallup poll showed that 44% of the
public (roughly 130 million people) and 5% of scientists subscribe to
the Creationist view that "God created man pretty much in his present
form at one time within the last 10,000 years."
b. It is unclear whether all those who believe that God
created man within the last 10,000 years also subscribe to the view
that the earth is relatively "young" (10,000 years old), although the
representative from ICR claimed that those 44% were all believers in a
3. 124 million people
a. The New York Times reported on a 2005 survey of
2,000 people by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life that found:
"42 percent of respondents held strict creationist views, agreeing that
'living things have existed in their present form since the beginning
b. The study explained in a footnote: "the terms 'creationism' and
'creationist' are used here to refer to the general belief that life
has existed in its present form since the beginning of time. We
recognize that in other contexts the term 'creationism' is used to
refer to a more specific set of beliefs, including the view that the
earth is relatively young (e.g., 10,000 years old or younger).
c. 42 percent of Americans believing in a young earth would put the number of YECs at 124 million Americans.
4. Wikipedia's entry on Young Earth Creationism comments:
a. "Young Earth creationism has failed to make much of an
impact outside of fundamentalist protestant denominations. Virtually
all other Christian denominations, including the Roman Catholic Church,
reject the concept of Young Earth creationism."