Percentage of Americans Who “Believe in Evolution”: 39%

Happy birthday, Charles Darwin?

A recent Gallup poll puts American “belief” in the scientific theory of evolution at just 39%.

25% percent of respondents to the poll stated outright that they “do not believe in evolution”, and 36% had no opinion either way.

Some additional details on the poll here.

2009 is the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Origin of Species (1859).

Apparently, the majority of Americans just don’t give a shit.

I know that a lot of us are preoccupied with our job security and rooting for Obama’s economic stimulus to revive the stalled economy, but can we also get just a teensy bit of intellectual stimulus going here?

39 percent?!?

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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2 Responses to Percentage of Americans Who “Believe in Evolution”: 39%

  1. Michael says:

    My friend ,, why cant you just accept the fact that most Americans are belivers drives ya nuts huh? well tough get right or get left

  2. santitafarella says:

    Michael:

    I’m fine with people being Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Mormons or atheists.

    What bothers me is when people treat science as just another thing that one does (or does not) believe in.

    And what also bothers me is when people, like yourself, indulge in glib populism, drawing energy and justification from belonging to a large group that shares an uninformed opinion.

    I also resent your arrogance, acting as if you know what is, or is not, in the afterlife, and then using your religion like a cudgel for emotional manipulation, to threaten me with damnation, and acting like you would be pleased to see me tortured by an unmerciful god.

    Your callous heaven or hell, turn or burn, mentality says something about the kind of anti-intellectual, torture-endorsing god that you follow. It certainly isn’t any kind of god I would want anything to do with.

    In short, if your behavior represents what it means to be a believer, I’m happy not to be in your ignorant camp, however large you imagine it to be.

    —Santi

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