February 11, 2009


On Darwin’s Birthday, Only 4 in 10 Believe in Evolution (Frank Newport, 2/11/09, Gallup)

On the eve of the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth, a new Gallup Poll shows that only 39% of Americans say they "believe in the theory of evolution," while a quarter say they do not believe in the theory, and another 36% don't have an opinion either way

What's interesting here is that Gallup, which has been polling on Darwinism for quite some time, has to ditch their usual questions and resort to wide open pabulum in order to produce a number that high. By only asking about "evolution" generally you basically include all Intelligent Designists and most Creationists (though for purposes of such a poll they'll deny belief in even evolution when they mean Evolution). Ask if evolution is completely natural and undirected and the number falls to 13-14%, though, ask further follow-ups and you find that over half of even that rump believe in God and, by definition, can not then believe in Darwinism.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 11, 2009 8:08 PM
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