Monday, December 30, 2013

Most Republicans Report Not Believing in Evolution in New Study,

Republicans are less inclined than either Democrats or political independents to believe in #evolution. The gap between the parties has grown by 14 points since 2009.
The Republicans have gone from 54 percent reporting belief in evolution in 2009 to 43 percent in 2013. That difference is too great for it to be the likely result of sampling error, especially from Pew Research Center which has a great reputation for excellent survey research. How is it that more than one in ten Republicans changed their reported belief in evolution in four years? Whatever scientific evidence has come forth in that time has supported the theory of evolution. Scientists have observed evolution in the field.

It is disturbing that only two-thirds of Democrats and Independents report believing in evolution, but truly sad that fewer than half (and going down) of Republicans do. This is especially sad in that so many states are now controlled by both Republican legislatures and Republican governors.

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