Monday, October 24, 2005

Poll: Majority Reject Evolution

Big shock. CBS poll -- got it via e-mail; should be easy enough to find.

Poll: Majority Reject Evolution

NEW YORK, Oct. 23, 2005

(CBS) Most Americans do not accept the theory of evolution. Instead, 51 percent of Americans say God created humans in their present form, and another three in 10 say that while humans evolved, God guided the process. Just 15 percent say humans evolved, and that God was not involved.

These views are similar to what they were in November 2004 shortly after the presidential election.

VIEWS ON EVOLUTION/CREATIONISM

Now

God created humans in present form 51%

Humans evolved, God guided the process 30%

Humans evolved, God did not guide process 15%

Nov. 2004

God created humans in present form 55%

Humans evolved, God guided the process 27%

Humans evolved, God did not guide process 13%

This question on the origin of human beings, asked both this month and in November 2004, offered the public three alternatives: 1. Human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions of years, and God did not directly guide this process; 2. Human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions of years, but God guided this process; or 3. God created human beings in their present form.

The results were not much different between the answers to that question and those given when a specific timeline was included in the final alternative: God created human beings in their present form within the last 10,000 years.

Americans most likely to believe in only evolution are liberals (36 percent), those who rarely or never attend religious services (25 percent), and those with a college degree or higher (24 percent).

White evangelicals (77 percent), weekly churchgoers (74 percent) and conservatives (64 percent), are mostly likely to say God created humans in their present form.

Still, most Americans think it is possible to believe in both God and evolution. Sixty-seven percent say this is possible, while 29 percent disagree. Most demographic groups say it is possible to believe in both God and evolution, but just over half of white evangelical Christians say it is not possible.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO BELIEVE IN BOTH GOD AND EVOLUTION?

Yes 67%

No 29%

Opinions on this question are tied to one’s views on the origin of human beings. Those who believe in evolution, whether guided by God or not, overwhelmingly think it is possible to believe in both God and evolution – 90 percent say this. However, people who believe God created humans in their present form are more divided: 48 percent think it possible to believe in both God and evolution, but the same number disagrees.

POSSIBLE TO BELIEVE IN BOTH GOD AND EVOLUTION?

Believe in evolution

Yes 90%

No 8%

Believe God created humans

Yes 48%

No 48%

For detailed information on how CBS News conducts public opinion surveys, click here.

This poll was conducted among a nationwide random sample of 808 adults, interviewed by telephone October 3-5, 2005. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus four percentage points.

2 Thoughts:

Blogger Demotiki said...

Welcome to Jesusland. If we don't get rid of these Jesus-freak morons they'll turn us into Saudi Arabia West.

Monday, October 24, 2005 2:44:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Note how 90% of those who accept evolution think one can believe in God, too. It's a 50-50 breakdown among those who reject evolution.

Philosophically, depending on what your standard is, you can or cannot accept both evolution and God. If your standard is a religious one -- total absolute certainty -- then the answer is, sure you can believe in both becaues no scientific theory can ever totally crowd out God, or the Spaghetti King, or Smurfs ruling the universe, or any other undetectable thing. If your standard is probabilistic, as mine is, than being 99.9[bar] certain that the Judeo-Christian God does not exist = good enough.

Historically and sociologically, it's simply false that those who accept ("believe in" is a sloppy term that plays into ID/creationist hands) evolution, fact and theory, cannot also believe in God. Simply, factually, objectively false. E.g., Dobzhansky, Ayala, and many, many others who aren't scientists, as evidenced in this survey.

Interesting how IDers do not provide a competing theory that explains equally well or better all that evolutionary theory DOES explain, and predict! Nope: just hit the "gaps" -- real or imagined -- in current knowledge, and then cry about "intellectual freedom" if you're stupid, politically motivated religious-dogma-fueled "theory" is kept out of the schools.

How much intellectual freedom would these folks grant, were they in charge?

Right.

But, not being a politically motivated epistemological relativist, ID is bullshit because it's neither science, nor anywhere near being proven -- nor does it address the key issue of "if not evolution, then what?" referred to above. It's not enough to draw attention to real or supposed unknowns -- all sciences have those. That's one way you can tell something is a science.

Why aren't these yahoos attacking modern physics? QM and relativity simply don't match up. Something's off -- both pieces are amazingly well supported. Clearly, we are missing something. Why not throw that out, too?

Exactly.

Monday, October 24, 2005 4:44:00 PM  

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