The Public and Evolution

Eric Kleefeld is shocked to see 47.1 percent of the vote in the Iowa Straw Poll going to avowed creationists: “And we trust these same Republican activists to run the Iowa caucus, where they’ll pick the man who could be the next president?”

I’m consistently taken aback by how unaware people are of the popularity of creationism. The data is a murky, but Wikipedia has a good discussion of the subject and all evidence indicates that there are tons of creationists in the United States: “A 2005 Pew Research Center poll found that 70 percent of evangelical Christians felt that living organisms have not changed since their creation, but only 31% of Catholics and 32 percent of mainline Protestants had the same opinion. A 2005 Harris Poll estimated that 63 percent of liberals and 37 percent of conservatives agreed that humans and other primates have a common ancestry.”

Gallup polled on this in June 2007 and asked how people felt about “Creationism, that is, the idea that God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years.” 39 percent said it was “definitely true” with a further 27 percent volunteering that it’s probably true. You just need to remember that a majority of people believe in ESP and in UFO coverups. Thanks to Google, one can spend hours freaking oneself out about this sort of thing, but we mostly seem to muddle through.