Another interesting survey from Pew Research:
According to a new Pew Research Center analysis, six-in-ten
Americans (60%) say that “humans and other living things
have evolved over time,” while a third (33%) reject the idea
of evolution, saying that “humans and other living things
have existed in their present form since the beginning of
There also are sizable differences by party affiliation in beliefs
about evolution, and the gap between Republicans and Democrats has
grown. In 2009, 54% of Republicans and 64% of Democrats said
humans have evolved over time, a difference of 10 percentage
points. Today, 43% of Republicans and 67% of Democrats say humans
have evolved, a 24-point gap.
Not a new topic, but four years is a short time for change like this. And think about the consequences of this — we have a two-party system in which the majority of one party believes “humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time”.
Correction: It’s not quite a majority of Republicans — 48 percent — who believe that. But only 43 percent believe in evolution, so it is a plurality, outside the margin of error for the poll. And the trend is clear — just four years ago, 54 percent of Republicans believed in evolution and only 39 percent believed this “existed in their present form since the beginning of time” nonsense.
★ Monday, 30 December 2013