Evolution Is More Popular Than Ever With Americans

Evolution is More Popular Than Ever With Americans

Evolution is more popular than ever. Approximately two-thirds of Americans believe humans beings have evolved throughout the ages, where only about one-third of adults in the U.S. are in disagreement with this, states a new research study that has been released from the Pew Research Center.

This project report was released to the public on Monday and shows that about 33 percent of American citizens believe that human beings and other living creatures have been in their current form since time began. However, around 65 percent believed in the theory of evolution.

Among those who approved of evolution and its ideas, around half attribute the theory to the expected processes such as natural selection. However, another 24 percent of believers stated they thought that a supreme being was in charge of evolution of all living creatures on Earth.

The study also found much divergence across both religious and political lines. Party variances had to be taken into account because factors such as ethnic and racial composition always exist, as do educational and religious backgrounds.

Among white Protestants, 65 percent said that human beings had been in their present form since time began. The survey also discovered that nearly half of black Protestants answered the same way. About 80 percent of white upper class Protestants stated that human beings and all other living creatures had evolved.

Almost 80 percent of people were religiously unaffiliated; 70 percent of white non-Hispanic Catholics and 53 percent of Hispanic Catholics tended to agree with the theory of evolution.

Republicans are much less likely to say that they agree with evolution in comparison with Democrats or Independents. Less than 45 percent agree with the idea of evolution when compared to almost 70 percent of liberals and 65 percent of Independents.

The theory of Evolution got a major boost almost 100 years ago when a young Tennessee teacher was tried in a court of law for having presented Charles Darwin’s ideas to his high school students. Yet even in the 21 century, Darwin still has doubters.

In contrast to the 45 percent, nearly 50 percent of Republicans think that human beings have existed in their current present form since time began.

The survey discovered that the utmost belief in evolution is centered among Americans who have a college education. When young adults, age 18 to 29 were asked specifically, their figures were nearly 75 percent toward believing in evolution.

Pew claims they have the biggest sampling of any pollster in the United States. They stated they asked almost 2,000 adults about the question of evolution. They stated that the survey was held by telephone between the dates of March 31, and April 8, 2013. They interviewed United States citizens who aged 18 and older. They also said that the survey margin of sampling error was about plus or minus 3 percentage points only.

If this is the case, then approximately two-thirds of Americans do believe in the theory of evolution, which is an increase of 3 percent. That is from a poll done by Pew back in 2009, so apparently evolution is becoming more popular than ever with Americans.

By: Kimberly Ruble


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15 Responses to "Evolution Is More Popular Than Ever With Americans"

  1. dabudamasta   December 31, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Evolution is an ongoing processes/phenomena in progress. Get use to the idea that creation is still going on and will continue till hell freezes over. That tells a lot of gOd rested on the seven day after the act of creation in the genesis story of the holy book, a complete mythical fairy tale of the pre-bronze age era. Why should we continue to believe in such ignorance and superstitions.

  2. dabudamasta   December 31, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Evolution is testable hypothesis that life evolved from a less complex form to a more complex form over time. contrast this with the faith based belief that all life forms was created by a supernatural entity complete in it’s final form as it appear without transitional stages.

  3. Drake Jones   December 31, 2013 at 1:15 am

    We humans didn’t evolve from apes, but we do share a common ancestor with the apes. Think of it like kind of like this: Dogs are descended from wolves,but wolves are still here (both in the dog family). And, the closest relative of the dog is the bear, but dogs didn’t disappear: they share a common ancestor. You really should read up on the subject – evolution is fact and the theory explains how it works.

  4. Curtis   December 31, 2013 at 1:06 am

    If you want to claim your relatives were apes, that is OK by me. but it is not going to look good on your resume. I probably would not hire you.

  5. L   December 31, 2013 at 12:44 am

    If humans evolved from apes, then why are there still apes?

    • LogicDog   December 31, 2013 at 12:57 am

      Humans did NOT evolve from apes, and no sane anthropologist would ever say so. Homo Sapiens (that’s us) evolved alongside other primates, but only we became “human”. Horses and zebras also evolved alongside one another, rather than “from” one another.

    • scott stams   December 31, 2013 at 1:08 am

      We are all of us part if the great ape family, chimpanzees, humans, gorillas. We just all have a common ancestor. Must there only be one primate, one type of bird, one fly? To understand the mechanics is not to question whether there is a driver, or to even care.

      While say the chimps were content to hang out in the forest, gliding through life, a banana in one hand, a tree limb hopefully in the other, we decided there was a better way.
      So we climbed down from the trees, explored the plains, tamed fire and metals and the land, made tools, learned how to organize our sounds into words, learned to question everything, explored the globe, learned how to fly, learned how to live behind the veil of technological existence.

  6. Lana   December 31, 2013 at 12:43 am

    I would think people should be offended at the idea of being compared to an ape.As a person of color, I find this idea of being compared to an ape offensive to say the least. I for one would rather be created in the image of a being called God. How can this world create itself? Do these same people believe a big bang created their house, furniture, car? Nope. They know someone had to make these things, but yet, they can’t believe the same about God? How much harder is it to create a world than a house? I don’t get it.

  7. Mark   December 31, 2013 at 12:32 am

    So, approximately 66% of Americans think that organized religion is FOS! And evolution accurately explains the current state of humanity on this planet. And apparently the majority of humans think that Republicans are out of touch with reality… This doesn’t surprise intelligent human beings…

    Mark –

  8. blank (@wonderYrednow)   December 31, 2013 at 12:30 am

    DoG made man

    But he used a monkey to do it

  9. Fred S   December 31, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Heres a list of scientists, some influential ones, who argue creation from a scientific point of view; a list you’ll never hear about from any media outlet in our “evolved” world. http://www.answersingenesis.org/home/area/bios/

    • blank (@wonderYrednow)   December 31, 2013 at 12:29 am

      Religion is the Bane of Mankind.

    • LogicDog   December 31, 2013 at 1:00 am

      Yes, a short list of “scientists” who let their beliefs interfere with their rationality. There are hundreds of thousands of scientists (a much longer list) who accept the theory of evolution as being a likely and reliable hypothesis.

  10. John Burns   December 31, 2013 at 12:09 am

    It was not the verdict but Clarence Darrow’s cross-examination of William Jennings Bryan which had the pro-evolutionary impact on the public consciousness.

  11. Chris Hawkes   December 30, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    It’s worth remembering that in the case you refer to, The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes, Scopes was found guilty and fined a hundred dollars because of his teaching of evolutionary theory. (The reversal a year later by the Supreme Court of Tennessee was on a technicality, that the fine should have been set by the jury.)


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