I shouldn’t be surprised by how biased and poorly worded this question was coming out of Pew, but I am. And @swamidass knows I try not to wade into these waters, but this one drew me in since it was coming from a trusted, well known science/faith research organization.
Many issues with this, but mainly, the “humans have existed in their present form since the beginning of time” option should not have said “since the beginning of time” – I don’t know of a faith that believes humans were the VERY 1st entity starting at the very “beginning of time” – do you? Perhaps instead could have used “…since humans first came into existence…” and/or “…since humans were created by God or higher power…”
Also, what do they mean by “evolution” and what do they mean by “human”? Do they mean humans evolve, but did not evolve from other hominids/apes? If you think evolution, in this context, means evolved from one species to another and you think humans are one species, than no one could answer this question - all options would seem pretty off.
Although I appreciate the intent of the study (it really does matter HOW you ask this type of question), they are unintentionally proving their own point by reinforcing a false narrative out there: that if you believe God created humans (de novo), you must not believe any evolution takes place, be it minor/major, humans/animals/other. They seem to think you either believe in evolution of everything (whether caused/guided by God or not), or believe in no evolution at all and everything was created by God.
Seems like a missed opportunity to get to some of the nuances of the wide range of views on this topic. They tried to penetrate it a little bit, but then ended up making pretty much the same cut and dry, faith vs. evolution false dichotomy.
Will reach out to the researchers and encourage them to come to some of the folks on this forum to test their surveys before putting them in the field.