Here’s some interesting news for the end of the year. At the website of the Pew Research Center they have this new poll result: Public’s Views on Human Evolution. They say, with bold font added by us:
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 time.”
That sounds good, but then it gets fuzzy:
About half of those who express a belief in human evolution take the view that evolution is “due to natural processes such as natural selection” (32% of the American public overall). But many Americans believe that God or a supreme being played a role in the process of evolution. Indeed, roughly a quarter of adults (24%) say that “a supreme being guided the evolution of living things for the purpose of creating humans and other life in the form it exists today.”
So those who fully accept the theory of evolution are only about a third of the American population. The others who accept evolution believe in some kind of theistic evolution. Then they break it down by religious groups:
These beliefs differ strongly by religious group. White evangelical Protestants are particularly likely to believe that humans have existed in their present form since the beginning of time. Roughly two-thirds (64%) express this view, as do half of black Protestants (50%). By comparison, only 15% of white mainline Protestants share this opinion.
And here’s the political picture:
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.
Either the Republicans are getting stranger, or they’re attracting strange people from the Dems.
They also have a breakdown by education. No surprises. And they have a lot of bar charts. Go ahead, click over there and take a look.
Oops — just before posting we checked the National Center for Science Education. Sure enough, they already have a post on this: A new Pew poll on evolution. Scooped again.
See also: Why Republicans Are Increasingly Creationist.
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