Thursday, August 25, 2005

Just how dumb are we?

Some Poll Results:

Only 38% of Americans believe human beings developed from earlier species while 54% do not (June 05). This is a regression from 1994 when the numbers were: 44% believed in human evolution and 46% did not.

A slim majority believe in plant and animal evolution: 49% vs 45% (June 05).

And when asked "Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statement. Darwin's theory of evolution is proven by fossil discoveries." only 43% said yes and 51% said no (Jan 05).

When you bring god directly into the question Americans get even stupider. The question (June 05): "Which of the following do you believe about how human beings came to be? Human beings evolved from earlier species. Human beings were created directly by God. Human beings are so complex that they required a powerful force or intelligent being to help create them."

Only 22% acknowledged that humans had evolved from earlier species, with 64% saying humans were created directly by god and 10% saying some powerful force (the force?) or intelligent being (the flying spaghetti monster?)

What this translates into in terms of views on public education is even more appalling: only 12% think that evolution should be the only theory of origins taught in public schools. 23% believe that only creationism should be taught in public schools. 4% supported intelligent design only. And 55% wanted all three taught. This is apparently "moderate" Republican and presidential hopeful John McCain's position.

The site linked to above from pollingreport.com includes a lot of other polls on evolution conducted by various organizations, all with scary results. In addition there are various other polls on issues such as stem cell research, cloning, space exploration and the weather.

3 Comments:

At 8/25/2005 9:11 AM, Blogger MyLife said...

Americans are so stupid..
Sorry to say that..

 
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