Harris Poll: Darwin Defeats Creationism

YES, DARWIN beats creationism, but the devil beats them both — in American public opinion. That’s what your Curmudgeon has learned from the “… results of The Harris Poll(R), a new nationwide survey of 2,126 U.S. adults surveyed online between November 10 and 17, 2008 by Harris Interactive(R).”

This news comes from the website of MarketWatch, where we find this press release: More Americans Believe in the Devil, Hell and Angels than in Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, subtitled: “Nearly 25% of Americans Believe They Were Once another Person.” Excerpts, with bold added by us:

80% of adult Americans believe in God – unchanged since the last time we asked the question in 2005. Large majorities of the public believe in miracles (75%), heaven (73%), angels (71%), that Jesus is God or the Son of God (71%), the resurrection of Jesus (70%), the survival of the soul after death (68%), hell (62%), the Virgin birth (Jesus born of Mary (61%) and the devil (59%).

If we were a politician, we would want to take that into consideration. Now that we think about it, politicians already do factor these things into their campaigns. Here’s more:

Slightly more people – but both are minorities – believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution (47%) than in creationism (40%).

Hey, that’s not too bad. Is it?

Sizeable minorities believe in ghosts (44%), UFOs (36%), witches (31%), astrology (31%), and reincarnation (24%).

Hey, ghosts are ahead of creationism. That’s good to know. Now check this out and see if you can see any pattern here:

Catholics are more likely than Protestants to believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution (by 52% to 32%), ghosts (by 57% to 41%), UFOs (by 43% to 31%), and astrology (by 40% to 28%). Protestants are slightly more likely than Catholics to believe in creationism (by 54% to 46%).

There’s more information in the original article. Also, we’ve written earlier about: Opinion Polls on Evolution and Creationism. Regarding MarketWatch, we’ve questioned their reliability in the past: Wall Street Journal: Are They Creationists?

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15 responses to “Harris Poll: Darwin Defeats Creationism

  1. Pingback: Opinion Polls on Evolution and Creationism « The Sensuous Curmudgeon

  2. I think Catholics are obligated to believe in ghosts!
    ” Ooooh Holy Ghost, Holy Ghost!”
    (Eddie Izzard)

  3. “I think Catholics are obligated to believe in ghosts!”

    It looks to me like they’re “ahead” of Protestants in everything — except creationism. And that may be due to Papal statements that evolution is okay. But this isn’t enough information to decide anything about anyone. Other than, perhaps, the US population in general.

  4. mightyfrijoles

    As with any poll involving religion, there are many contradictions.

    The simple answer “believe in Darwin’s theory of Evolution”, shows how tough it is to get useful information from polls. I’m a scientist. I don’t “believe” in evolution and neither does any other scientist. We accept Evolution as the best explanation for the mountains of data that have accumulated over many years. It’s useful and predicts and has yet to fall on its face, Hairy Yaya notwithstanding.

    But when polls go into areas of faith, a lot of twisted logic is readily apparent.

    But, it’s OK. It’s faith.

  5. “But, it’s OK. It’s faith.”

    Your tolerance is admirable, but it won’t save you from the Lake of Fire.

  6. mightyfrijoles

    From the mouths of Creationists, I am condemned multiple times to Hell. Who cares about a Lake of Fire – Hell’s Winter Resort.

    See ya there.

  7. mightyfrijoles

    You need some smilies of the seedier sort.

  8. I can’t stand smilies. [Edit to add:] What else would you expect from a curmudgeon?

  9. Gotta watch out. I have this vision in my head of a poll someday resulting 51-49% that gravity doesn’t exist and everyone immediately floating in thin air.

  10. I have a vision of my head on a pole while a crowd of hopped up and naked creationists dance the watusi around it.

  11. Hey Tundra Boy: You know about Talk.Origins. Why is their site down today?

  12. You talking Google group, newsgroup or website. The website has been hacked a few times, it may have been again.

    I haven’t been to the newsgroup for several weeks so I can’t give you too much info. You can always ask John Wilkins.

    I’m trying to stay away from the sites that tend to reel me in.

  13. Change of IP and inability to log on to domain registrar.

  14. I remember another site we were both associated with had that problem. Gotta get the current host to change the domain registration over to the new one. A bit tricky, especially if there are unpaid bills. Should have been arranged before the switch.

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