Gallup had some disappointing news on Darwin’s birthday. As many previous polls have demonstrated, American remain poorly informed regarding the basis of modern biology. Only 39% believe in evolution compared to 25% not believing and 36% not having an opinion.
Not surprisingly, those who do not believe in evolution tend to have less education and go to church more often. This ranged from 21% of those with high-school educations or less to 74% of those with postgraduate degrees saying they believe in evolution. Younger Americans say they believe in evolution to a greater degree with 49% of those aged 18 to 34 believing in evolution with 18% not believing.
The demographics of those who are less likely to believe in evolution (less educated, more frequent church goers, and older voters) also correlates strongly with Republican voters. Not surprisingly, previous polls have showed that a majority of Republicans do not believe in evolution.