Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Over Two-Thirds of Republicans Reject Evolution

According to a new Gallup poll, while the country is essentially split 49/48 on evolution vs. creationism, 68% of Republicans do not believe in evolution. When three candidates raised their hands in a debate indicating that they do not believe in evolution, Jon Stewart snarked, "It was good knowing you." In fact it's a pretty solid position to holds

Even among people who believe in evolution, a significant number nonetheless believe that God created humans in essentially their present form about 10,000 years ago. Overall, 63% of Americans agreed with that statement versus 49% who answered that they believe generally in evolution.

While the Intelligent Design crowd and for that matter the young-earthers at Answers in Genesis put a sciency gloss on their arguments, the fact remains that this is all about religion. When creationists were asked for the most important reason they hold their beliefs, only 14% said because the scientific evidence is lacking. The bulk of the responses went to reasons like "Because I am a Christian" or "Because I believe what's in the Bible."

All in all, good information for opposing ID or "Scientific" Creationism as science, but a distressing set of findings overall.

H/t to Faith in Public Life which led me to a poorly-written story in Christian Post which led in turn to the article on Gallup.


Eric said...

Surprising how ineffective the scientists are in using public funds to coerce religious conversion. (But maybe not; see Sagan's risible dribble on youtube.)

I've got my answer ready if called for the survey: "I used to believe in evolution, but now that I've watched evolutionists, I'm convinced by the evidence for original sin and total depravity."