Majority of Republicans Doubt Theory of Evolution

According to this Gallup poll, a “majority of Republicans Doubt Theory of Evolution.”

That’s how Gallup presents its findings.

But before you start mocking those cretinous, obscurantist Republicans, consider this: Yes, 68% of Republicans doubt evolution, but so do 40% of Democrats and 37% of Independents.

Gallup should therefore have said that a majority of Americans doubt the theory of evolution.

There is a strong correlation with religiosity of course.

When I think about religious fanaticism and obscurantism, I find it increasingly hard to find any significant differences between the US and say, Pakistan or Iran.

With one major difference though. In the case of Iran for instance, the craziness is mostly a top down phenomenon (by and large, the Iranian people are a sophisticated, well-educated bunch). In the US however, it’s a grassroots phenomenon. It didn’t start with Bush Junior. He’s a symptom, not a cause.

20. June 2007 by sknob
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