The Daily Mail reports on the lamentable state of idiocy in the US in this article: Only 1 in 5 Americans believe in natural evolution (while most of the rest believe God had something to do with it), and they summarize the poll’s results with a few bullet-pointed items at the start:
• 21% of those polled believe God played no part in mankind’s evolution
• Some 25% believe God guided evolution; and 37% believe in creationism
• Proportion of Americans leaning towards pure evolution belief is rising
• Trend expected to continue – young people tend to lean towards this belief
But there’s more to be said, so we’ll give you a few excerpts. As usual, we’ll add some bold font for emphasis:
Just a fifth of Americans believe that humans evolved naturally over millions of years, while the vast majority believe that God had a hand in the evolution of humans, according to new research. According to a YouGov poll, 21 per cent of U.S. citizens believe that ‘human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions of years, and God did not directly guide this process’. Meanwhile, 79 per cent of those polled said they either believe God played a part in our existence (the largest sector at 62 per cent) or were not sure (17 per cent).
We never heard of YouGov before, so we located their website: YouGov. Among the hot topics they deal with is “Would you blast into space with Justin Bieber?” Anyway, here’s their article on their evolution poll: Belief in evolution up since 2004. That’s an encouraging headline, but the results are quite meager. YouGov says:
Questions regarding evolution have continued to divide America over the past century, but new YouGov research reveals the number of those who believe that humans evolved with no influence from God has increased since 2004.
Overall, 21% of Americans believe that “human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions of years, and God did not directly guide this process,” while 25% believe that “human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions, but God guided this process” and 37% believe that “God created human beings in their present form within the last ten thousand years”.
Only 21%? Is that supposed to be good news? For comparison you might look at our post from a year ago: 2012 Gallup Poll on Evolution — the figure there was only 15%. Let’s read on from YouGov:
[T]he numbers show that 46% of Americans believe in the evolution of humankind in some form [with or without divine assistance], while 37% of Americans deny this.
The number, however, who believe in evolution without help from God has increased by 8 percentage points since 2004, when CBS conducted a poll using the same questions. In 2004, 13% of Americans said that human beings evolved without guidance from God. This number may continue to increase in the coming years, as the belief in evolution without the influence of God is most common among those 18-29 years old, with 31% of those in that age group believing it.
Actually, that’s not bad. Straightforward evolution had only 13% support in 2004, and now — less than a decade latter — that’s up to 21%. They have a graph with three big fat vertical bars — one is light violet, one is somewhat turquoise, and one is musty orange — showing 13% in 2004, 15% in 2008, and 21% in 2013. The graph wasn’t necessary for such a simple data set, but some people will think it’s pretty.
Meanwhile, back at the Daily Mail, they emphasize some of the good news from the poll:
In the latest survey, 31 per cent of 18-29-year-olds said they believed God played no part in their evolution.
That is encouraging — 31% of young adults. But we won’t be happy until it’s over 90%. Then we’ve given some political statistics:
In the political arena, the survey found that 57 per cent of Republicans favoured teaching creationism and intelligent design in public schools, versus just 30 per cent among Democrats. Meanwhile, just five per cent of Republicans supported the theory of a natural, Godless, evolution.
We’ve commented before on the tragedy that the country’s one political party that opposes the current administration is demonstrably insane on issues other than economics and defense. Aside from that there’s lots of other information in the news article, and probably more at the YouGov site (we haven’t really looked around there), so dig through it and let us know what you think.
See also: ICR Is Panicked over Creationism Poll.
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