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    Filed at 4:08 pm under by dcobranchi

    Well, 2/3 of us anyway.


    PRINCETON, NJ — The majority of Republicans in the United States do not believe the theory of evolution is true and do not believe that humans evolved over millions of years from less advanced forms of life. This suggests that when three Republican presidential candidates at a May debate stated they did not believe in evolution, they were generally in sync with the bulk of the rank-and-file Republicans whose nomination they are seeking to obtain.

    Independents and Democrats are more likely than Republicans to believe in the theory of evolution. But even among non-Republicans there appears to be a significant minority who doubt that evolution adequately explains where humans came from.

    The data from several recent Gallup studies suggest that Americans’ religious behavior is highly correlated with beliefs about evolution. Those who attend church frequently are much less likely to believe in evolution than are those who seldom or never attend. That Republicans tend to be frequent churchgoers helps explain their doubts about evolution.

    The data indicate some seeming confusion on the part of Americans on this issue. About a quarter of Americans say they believe both in evolution’s explanation that humans evolved over millions of years and in the creationist explanation that humans were created as is about 10,000 years ago.

    6 Responses to “AMERICANS ARE IDIOTS”

    Comment by
    Lisa Giebitz
    June 12th, 2007
    at 4:21 pm

    I think it’s more that they are a part of churches and religions that spout that science and religion simply cannot agree and that science is not to be trusted. Of course, there’s many levels of irony in that last bit.

    Personally, I think science without religion is materialism and religion without science is superstition. There can be a healthy balance.

    Comment by
    June 12th, 2007
    at 4:23 pm

    I’m a frequent church goer (Catholic), and a Republican, and I believe in evolution.

    Just so you know we’re not all nutso.

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    June 12th, 2007
    at 4:31 pm

    “Materialism” is a loaded word. The common definition would put science on the same footing as Paris Hilton. Although I wouldn’t mind having her money, there is no “materialism” in my work.

    Comment by
    June 12th, 2007
    at 6:43 pm

    I’ve come to believe that many, if not most, anti-evolutionists have no idea what evolution is and how it works. And that’s because they were taught by teachers who didn’t understand it.

    I’ve heard too many teachers stating that “humans evolved from apes” (or “…from monkeys”), and that “giraffes got their long necks from stretching up to reach leaves on tall branches, and they passed that trait to their offspring.”

    Heck, if that was all I’ve ever heard, I wouldn’t believe it, either!

    Comment by
    Nance Confer
    June 12th, 2007
    at 6:59 pm

    Heck, all we have to do is check the White House and the Congress to know this. We didn’t need no steenkin’ poll! 🙂


    Comment by
    June 14th, 2007
    at 4:46 pm

    Yes, Indiana can be a bit backwards

    And you really need to stop all this evolution stuff, because now, in the ads by goooogle section, you have this wonderful link: