The United States ranks 33rd in the world in acceptance in the scientific notion of evolution. Yes, 33rd! Just ahead of the Turks but behind Cyprus and Latvia. In a 2005 survey adults were asked to respond to the statement: “Human beings, as we know them, developed from earlier species of animals.” Only 40% of U.S. citizens responded, true.
In 2013 another survey asked, “Humans and other living things have evolved over time.” Only 43% of those who identified as Republicans agreed. This was down from 54% in 2009. An 11% decline in 4 years.
Among Democrats 67% answered true while 65% of Independents agreed. Pew’s researchers said party differences remained when other factors — such as the racial and ethnic composition of the political groups, and religious and educational background — were taken into account.
The takeaway: Republicans are devolving whereas most of America is evolving.
Any correspondence to religious beliefs?
The Texas Board of Education is in its usual fight over evolution with conservative Christians demanding that ‘creationism’ is included in biology books. Bill Nye, The Science Guy, made a video denouncing teaching children this fallacy. Enjoy.