Significant Number of Americans, Especially Republican Demographics, Do Not Believe in Evolution


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.

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    libhomo says:

    Given the high level of religiosity, the anti-intellectualism, and the anti-science propaganda from the right, it’s hardly surprising.  A lot of people don’t even accept Global Warming, and it’s happening right in from of us.

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    nomoreGOP says:

    thus the decline of the united states over the past 25 years, while the rest of the world has been educating their populations, our government has been obsessed with making sure the rest of us stay in our places. spend money on education? nah.. lets make bombs.. teach kids about safe sex? nah.. thats too hard, lets just say abstinence and ignore the millions of under-aged girls having kids (cough PALIN cough). and the worst part is that people like Karl Rove and Dick Cheney have not only recognized this serious problem and lack of education, they have gone to the extreme of making sure it continues so that people dont ask questions.. Reminds me an aweful lot of the British government right around the time we gained our Independence.. just sayin.. McCains slogan should of been “Ignorance is Bliss”

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