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

Sources:

NBC News

USA Today

UPI News