One Third Of Americans Reject Evolution

Pew Research Center

It’s no secret that there are some creationists in America, but a third of the adult population? That’s the claim in a new research study by Pew Research Center:

According to a new Pew Research Center analysis, six-in-ten Americans (60%) say that “humans and other living things have evolved over time,” while a third (33%) reject the idea of evolution, saying that “humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time.” The share of the general public that says that humans have evolved over time is about the same as it was in 2009, when Pew Research last asked the question.

About half of those who express a belief in human evolution take the view that evolution is “due to natural processes such as natural selection” (32% of the American public overall). But many Americans believe that God or a supreme being played a role in the process of evolution. Indeed, roughly a quarter of adults (24%) say that “a supreme being guided the evolution of living things for the purpose of creating humans and other life in the form it exists today.”

These beliefs differ strongly by religious group. White evangelical Protestants are particularly likely to believe that humans have existed in their present form since the beginning of time. Roughly two-thirds (64%) express this view, as do half of black Protestants (50%). By comparison, only 15% of white mainline Protestants share this opinion.

There also are sizable differences by party affiliation in beliefs about evolution, and the gap between Republicans and Democrats has grown. In 2009, 54% of Republicans and 64% of Democrats said humans have evolved over time, a difference of 10 percentage points. Today, 43% of Republicans and 67% of Democrats say humans have evolved, a 24-point gap…

[Read the full report at Pew Research Center]


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46 Comments on "One Third Of Americans Reject Evolution"

  1. CletusBeauregard | Dec 31, 2013 at 11:37 am |

    Can we please stop these people from voting?

  2. Give that I am loosely ‘pro-faith’, and believe that search for meaning in various forms and by various means is an intrinsic part of the human condition, a person MIGHT think I wouldn’t be annoyed by this continuing divide in religious thought on creation.

    That person would be wrong.

    What the poll should openly say is that 33% of Americans are nearly illiterate, functionally retarded and should be wards of the state because they’re not mentally competent enough to do anything more complicated than digesting soft foods. There is no excuse for this level of stupidity. And its voluntary stupidity! This isn’t a forced condition, we’re all ultimately responsible for our choices, beliefs and actions, but for a third of the one of the most advanced nations on earth to be this handicapped by sheer, deliberate ignorance??? The rest of carrying too much deadweight…and if there is one factor that will drag this country off the cliff and send it crashing down into a second dark ages…it will be voluntary ignorance and the accompanying sense of entitlement to it.

    Fuck em. It’s the only thing that makes extreme right anarchism seem like a good idea…because in a world where the capable and strong are able to adapt and survive best…these ambulatory turds would become prey and be rendered extinct or irrelevant in a generation…instead of being coddled and cosseted and propped up by the effort of a society they not only don’t appreciate, but openly despise. Fuck em.

    • Rus Archer | Dec 31, 2013 at 12:01 pm |

      don’t fuck them
      let their genetic material disappear

    • Anarchy Pony | Dec 31, 2013 at 9:23 pm |

      Please, call it Randism or something. Too long have those fuckers been co-opting our terminology.

  3. emperorreagan | Dec 31, 2013 at 12:00 pm |

    I reject evolution because I like rooting for the under dog. I believe in the literal truth of some creation myth (the particular myth will be determined at some later date).

    • I’m fond of the Church of the Subgenius’ “Aliens made us by screwing Yetis” narrative, not least because it ties together so many recent Disinfo headlines into a kind of Grand Unified Theory of Weird.

      • I like it. This will be incorporated into my ever evolving weltenshlongen, ya.

        • Upvote for “weltenshlongen.” That’s going to be the name of my new Countrypolitan/Crunkcore band.

  4. BuzzCoastin | Dec 31, 2013 at 12:17 pm |

    since at least 1/3 of aMerkins are evolutionary rejects
    makes sense they wouldn’t buy in

  5. jasonpaulhayes | Dec 31, 2013 at 1:31 pm |

    Crazy Christians 5: 80 foot Demons and Baby Sacrifices

  6. Sadly, it is because of the vast numbers of illiterate dumb-fucks in this country that we can never have nice things like truely civilized countries enjoy. Instead, we get Ted Nugent, Duck Dynasty, fake wars, a 24/7 barage of corporate-state propaganda, a crumbling infrastructure, creationism and Jesus. USA, bitches!

    • Yes those nations that forced Darwinian Evolution as the official state religion (Soviet Union, North Korea, Communist China, etc) have done so much better. Bible believing Christians former our gov’t and gave you a limited gov’t to enjoy the freedom you have today. Gov’ts based on atheism and evolution have taken it away and built more than a few death camps/gulags.

      • You know, you have totally convinced me of the error of my ways. Praise Jesus! And God Bless America!

      • Nope

        Deism (i/ˈdiː.ɪzəm/[1][2] or /ˈdeɪ.ɪzəm/) is the belief that reason and observation of the natural world are sufficient to determine the existence of a Creator, accompanied with the rejection of revelation and authority as a source of religious knowledge.[3][4][5][6][7] Deism gained prominence in the 17th and 18th centuries during the Age of Enlightenment—especially in Britain, France, Germany, and the United States—among intellectuals raised as Christians who believed in one god, but found fault with organized religion and did not believe in supernatural events such as miracles, the inerrancy of scriptures, or the Trinity.[8]

        Both the Moderate Enlightenment and a Radical or Revolutionary Enlightenment were reactions against the authoritarianism, irrationality, and obscurantism of the established churches. Philosophers such as Voltaire depicted organized Christianityas a tool of tyrants and oppressors and as being used to defend monarchism, it was seen as hostile to the development of reason and the progress of science and incapable of verification.

        An alternative religion was deism,the philosophical belief in a deity based on reason, rather than religious revelation or dogma. It was a popular perception among the philosophes, who adopted deistic attitudes to varying degrees. Deism greatly influenced the thought of intellectuals and Founding Fathers, including John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, perhaps George Washington and, especially, Thomas Jefferson.[26] The most articulate exponent was Thomas Paine, whose The Age of Reason was written in France in the early 1790s, and soon reached the United States. Paine was highly controversial; when Jefferson was attacked for his deism in the 1800 election, Republican politicians took pains to distance their candidate from Paine.[27]

      • Rus Archer | Dec 31, 2013 at 5:47 pm |

        1. false dichotomy

        2. democracy combined with christianity has oppressed and killed more than any dictatorship, atheist or otherwise
        and continues to

        • Dingbert | Jan 1, 2014 at 3:49 pm |

          Neither Christianity nor democracy have even come close to killing as many people as dictatorships.

          Oppression is difficult to measure, but Christianity is now the most persecuted religion in the world (although you wouldn’t know it from living in the West).

          • Adam's Shadow | Jan 1, 2014 at 4:17 pm |

            “Christianity has now surpassed Judaism as the most persecuted religion
            in the world (although you wouldn’t know it from living in the West).”

            That’s because many people who do the persecuting in the West are Christian. I acknowledge that Christians are persecuted quite horribly outside of Europe and the Americas, especially in parts of Africa and the Middle East, but in the West itself, Christianity is often used as a tool of oppression.

      • Dingbert | Jan 1, 2014 at 4:03 pm |

        We owe limited gov’t to non- or pseudo-Christian, anti-Catholic Enlightenment thinkers and pre-Christian Greeks. Evolution in the form of social Darwinism has poisoned religions and gov’ts of all types.

  7. LOL at the comments. Evolution is based upon the premise that molten rocks were rained on for millions of years and it created a “soup” that magically sprang to life. For a right thinking person to mock and ridicule anyone who doesn’t believe this shows how far intellect has fallen. It also proves the proverb that says ‘It is a fool that sayeth in his heart there is no God’.

    • Actually, evolution doesn’t really say anything about how life started, just how “species” developed. And there’s no contradiction between the theory of evolution and the hypothesis that God exists, only between the theory of evolution and Genesis creation allegories.

      • This is what I mean by bait and switch. It has no base case and if fact the base case is impossible. Yet we are supposed to accept evidence derived from this mythical base case.

        • Rus Archer | Dec 31, 2013 at 5:49 pm |

          you’re using a computer
          time to shut up about science

        • Tuna Ghost | Jan 3, 2014 at 4:50 am |

          So, what, viruses and vaccinations don’t count? The observations of a genetic mutation in a species becoming more popular to due it’s advantage toward survival doesn’t count?

      • This is what I mean by bait and switch. Evolution has no base case and in fact the base case for evolution is impossible. Yet we are supposed to accept evidence derived from this base case.
        It is all enough to get me to understand why logic and reasoning are not taught in America any more and why top Computer Programmers have to come from the third world. Domestics are too dumbed down to hold a valid conversation.

        • The bait and switch was performed by whoever told you that the theory of evolution and various hypothesies of abiogenesis were the same thing or necessarily dependent. Abiogenesis is not the “base case” of evolution. Evolution is a theory of biogenesis.

          • Evolution is a theory we teach as fact without a provable base case. It doesn’t even rise to the level of a believable myth.

          • I’d say almost the exact same thing about Genesis.


          • SecludedCompound | Dec 31, 2013 at 5:31 pm |

            ^Jesus, followed this guy over here form some post he did on Rolling Stone, and he really is exactly as stupid as he sounded. A antivaxxer too. Might as well get all of your derp in one bag, I guess.

          • I love how Disinfo tricks people looking for info on Obamneycare death panels into reading about how stupid religious fundamentalism is.

          • SecludedCompound | Dec 31, 2013 at 6:56 pm |

            I feel lucky to have run into the Crazy Christians channel as posted above. Happy accidents!

          • Seems plausible. Sweet irony if that’s what happened.

        • Anarchy Pony | Dec 31, 2013 at 9:20 pm |

          It isn’t a bait and switch. It is a deliberate misinterpretation made by fundamentalist morons. Evolution has never been about determining the origin of life, it only seeks to explain development of species.

          • Calypso_1 | Jan 1, 2014 at 5:30 pm |

            Evolutionary theory has included from its beginnings hypotheses about the origins of life. Today, where many different models exist and well developed fields of experimentation are at work, speciation isn’t even the primary concern. It’s all about individual rates of molecular evolution, including proto-life chemical metabolism and self-organization.

    • Adam's Shadow | Dec 31, 2013 at 4:53 pm |

      “Science is knowledge gained through observation. You know as well as I
      do that no one has ever observed the base case for evolution and never

      As opposed to the “base case” for an omniscient and omnipotent creator outside of space and time? I’m supposing the scientific method you seem to have a such a great respect for has observed said creator in action.

    • gustave courbet | Dec 31, 2013 at 8:45 pm |

      “You know as well as I do that no one has ever observed the base case for evolution and never will.” Correct me if I am misunderstanding you, but you’re position is that because science has yet to create an environment in a lab that can generate abiogenesis (good word-thanks Andrew), then evolution is an illegitimate theory? Firstly, as has been pointed out already, evolution deals with macro-changes to species over time; it doesn’t address the origins of life.
      Secondly, there are people working on that puzzling dilemma of the origins of life and may well discover its genesis. Did you run across autocatalytic reactions or complexity science in your university studies? They demonstrate the production of spontaneous order in chaotic systems and highlight that general tendency in the universe. This tendency towards order as a complement to the second law of thermodynamics bolsters both abiogenesis and the theory of evolution (which I might add: there is tons of evidence for, check out the field of genetics). I suggest you go read more on these subjects and then make a more informed opinion, one way or the other.

    • Dingbert | Jan 1, 2014 at 4:32 pm |

      “Evolution is based upon the premise that molten rocks were rained on for millions of years and it created a “soup” that magically sprang to life.”
      -Science (sort of)

      “But a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground. And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”
      -The Bible

  8. Hmmm, don’t care.

  9. Somebody’s got to say it: perhaps evolution rejected them.

  10. PrimateZero | Dec 31, 2013 at 5:46 pm |

    Absurd, a planet where man evolved from apes!!! How did this upside down world get started? The only good human is a dead human… so sayeth the Lawgiver.

  11. debra_cwilliams | Dec 31, 2013 at 7:14 pm |

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  12. sigh. Maybe one day we’ll evolve to the point where 100% of humans will be able to tell the difference between the questions ‘how’ and why’? just a thought.

    snark aside. I think in many cases ‘creationism’ and ‘evolution’ have become so e-motively and intellectually abstracted, it has been overlooked how they no longer represent much more than metaphorical expressions of each individual’s psyche. When somebody says to me, “I believe in a creator that guides existence,” I interpret them as apprehending a mysterious function of their being manifesting itself into consciousness, like in dreams. When they tell me it is for the sole purpose of humanity, it allows me to see the boundaries of their choices of perception. Applying this vision to the other statements yields equal mystery and truth.

    What I find interesting also is this overall condensing factor of either/or, two possibilities in the article. It’s a very bossy emanation in my opinion, it seems to have this quality of conquest over multiplicitous apprehension of the self and surrounding environment, if you believe there even is such a boundary.
    Religions seem to me to be waging war on how people use their belief. When belief has such power to transform I suppose it’s no small wonder why those who fear individual assertion of it would want to hold the monopoly. ‘Evolution’, ‘Science’ etc have entered the memetic battle arena the moment they were wielded for supremacy over mass belief. Could things like ‘creationism’, ‘evolution’ etc even be said then to be such separate entities anymore, having been absorbed into the ‘divide and conquer’ complex?

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