A not surprising, but still disheartening, poll by CBS News indicates that half of Americans believe Evolution is false. Of those polled 51% said God plopped everything down on the planet pretty much as it is today, 30% said that humans evolved, but God guided the process, and only 15% said humans evolved and God had nothing to do with it.
This question on the origin of human beings, asked both this month and in November 2004, offered the public three alternatives: 1. Human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions of years, and God did not directly guide this process; 2. Human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions of years, but God guided this process; or 3. God created human beings in their present form.
The results were not much different between the answers to that question and those given when a specific timeline was included in the final alternative: God created human beings in their present form within the last 10,000 years.
Americans most likely to believe in only evolution are liberals (36 percent), those who rarely or never attend religious services (25 percent), and those with a college degree or higher (24 percent).
White evangelicals (77 percent), weekly churchgoers (74 percent) and conservatives (64 percent), are mostly likely to say God created humans in their present form.
If there’s one bit of good news in the poll it’s that the percentage of folks who claim it’s all God’s doing dropped from 55% in November 2004 to 51% today, but the poll only managed to hit around 808 people and as such has a margin of error of about 4 percentage points. This is just an ongoing symptom of the sad state of science education in this country. It’s really not surprising that the ignorant majority have felt the need to try and spread their ignorance to the rest of us by forcing their idiotic concepts into science classrooms. When you put morons in charge they tend to institutionalize their ignorance.