They say that their poll findings are from a survey conducted in 23 countries among 18,829 adults. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
A poll conducted by global research company Ipsos for Reuters News finds that one half (51%) of global citizens definitely believe in a ‘divine entity’ compared to 18% who don’t and 17% who just aren’t sure.
That’s 51% for a divine entity, and 35% who don’t know or don’t care. Let’s read on:
Similarly, half (51%) believe in some kind of afterlife while the remaining half believe they will either just ‘cease to exist’ (23%) or simply ‘don’t know’ (26%) about a hereafter
Would it be presumptuous to assume that’s the same 51% who not only believe in a divine entity but who also believe in an afterlife? But on this afterlife question, the percentage of those whose who don’t know or don’t care jumps up to 49%. Okay, now we get to the issue that concerns our humble blog:
Lastly, the survey revealed that four in 10 (41%) believe in human evolution compared to 28% who believe in creationism and 31%of the global population who is unsure what to believe.
Ah, 41% are okay with evolution and 59% are either creationists or otherwise clueless. Well, reality isn’t determined by vote, but public opinion surveys are a good way to measure stupidity and ignorance.
There’s not much point in our attempting to restate their findings. Those properly belong in a table or a graph. It’s best for you to read the Ipsos article and then reach your own conclusions. We’ll give you just one more excerpt:
Those most likely to believe in this [evolution] are from Sweden (68%), Germany (65%), China (64%), Belgium (61%) and Japan (60%).
[The highest percentages of creationists come] from Saudi Arabia (75%), Turkey (60%), Indonesia (57%), South Africa (56%) and Brazil (47%).
Okay, dear reader. Now you’ll have to click over there to read the rest for yourself.
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