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Gallup: Plurality of Americans believe in creationism

 

This chart should be of concern to those of us who prefer science to superstition.

Steve Benen EXPLAINS:

[T]he more politically conservative you are, the more likely you are to believe the creationist argument. The more educated you are, the more likely you are to accept evolution.

But even if we put all of that aside, I tend to consider the same question when reports like these are published: does scientific literacy within the American mainstream really matter? At first blush, it’s tempting to think that if millions of Americans choose to be wrong about science, it doesn’t seem especially consequential. In our daily lives, it’s an issue that doesn’t often arise.

There is, however, reason for concern, and it ties into a larger context about the public’s understanding of and appreciation for the scientific basics: if the United States continues to fall behind other nations in science education, our future dims.

The country just can’t afford confusion on a grand scale about scientific basics — not just about biology, but also in areas like climate science. When activists, mainly on the right, launch anti-science initiatives, such as changing school curricula, there are real and broad consequences in the long term to public confusion.

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  1. dogrescuer

    Considering today’s availability of scientific facts and knowledge, it’s hard to believe ANYONE still believes in creationism. It’s very disheartening to know that we may fall behind all enlightened and educated countries in so many vitally important scientific areas.

  2. Neftali

    The poll questions are a bit bland, and are open to significant interpretation. For example, its very possible that the greatest scientific minds today still believe in God or some kind of higher power, and that everything has evolved according to “His will.”

    I would love to see a much more detailed poll of the following questions:

    1. How old is the earth? A) About 4.5 Billion years B) 6000 years old

    2. Did humans evolve from primates? A) Yes B) No

    3. Is it possible that dinosaurs and humans exited together at one point in history? A) No B) Yes

    Anyone who answers “B” in the above questions shouldn’t be allowed to graduate from High School.

  3. shawnnews

    Unfortunately, The delivery of scientific info is done either done in school for a grade — semi coercive — or st an expense in college for a grade. I believe the popularization of science should be a national priority. This should not be done by calling the people who haven’t had a good science education a bunch of morons.

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