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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