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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