Well, I guess since President Obama backs evolution (and science in general) we should have known this was bound to happen. In a headline even the best writers of satire would struggle to come up with, a new poll conducted by the Pew Research Center shows a significantly lower number of Republicans believe in evolution in 2013 than did in 2009.
And by significant, I meant significant.
In 2009, Pew found that 54 percent of Republicans said they believed in evolution. That’s still a stupidly low number. To know that almost half of Republicans deny evolution — that’s simply stunning.
Sadly, in 2013 it got much worse. Now according to Pew, only 43 percent of Republicans believe in evolution — an 11 percent drop in four years.
By contrast, the number of Democrats who believe in evolution ticked up a bit from 64 percent in 2009 to 67 percent in 2013.
The overall number of Americans who believe in evolution sits at 60 percent.
It’s stuff like this which puts me on a platform with Republicans where I can’t help but sound arrogant and smug. How can these people expect me to take them seriously when a poll shows that nearly 6 in 10 Republicans don’t believe in evolution?
And it’s not like their numbers are increasing, showing that they’re becoming more intelligent toward widely accepted science. These numbers actually indicate that Republicans are getting dumber.
Granted, liberals from a partisan stance have been saying this all along. But this poll actually proves some of those claims.
But it’s not just the fact that the number of Republicans accepting evolution dropped, it’s how far that number fell. In polling numbers on something such as this (as in a theory supported by the vast majority of respectable scientists), to see a drop of 11 percent in just four years is astounding.
But my favorite part is where they broke down demographics based on education.
Seventy-two percent of those surveyed with a college degree believed humans evolved over time. Heck, even 62 percent of those with “some college” believed that humans evolved over time.
But when you get to those with a high school education or less — only 51 percent of those asked believed humans evolved over time. A number much closer to Republican numbers than Democrat.
Which is even more proof that the less educated you are, the more likely you are to be a Republican or believe in Republican ideologies.
Though it’s a simple poll, these numbers paint a much bigger picture. Like I said, the fact that the more educated people surveyed believed in evolution (which were numbers much closer to how Democrats were polled) while less educated believed in evolution far less (much closer to Republican numbers), it’s actually a good bit of proof that how educated someone is can have an impact on their political beliefs.
And the fact that the number of Republicans who believe in evolution is actually dropping shows that not only are you more likely to be a Republican if you’re uneducated, but many conservatives are actually finding ways to get dumber at a more rapid rate. Now that is scary.
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