US acceptance of evolution holds steady overall, drops among Republicans
Remember that recent story about more Repuplicans rejecting evolution? Good news is that according to John Timmer at Ars Technica, for the most part its just Republicans. The percentage of Americans who accept evolution, for the most part hasn’t changed, which is better than more Americans rejecting science overall, I guess.
Yesterday, Pew Research Center released the results of a poll of US residents that asked about their acceptance of the theory of evolution. In keeping with past surveys, this one found that a completely uncontroversial idea within the scientific community—modern organisms are the result of evolution—is rejected by a third of the US public. While that fraction has held steady over time, the survey found that the political divide over evolution has grown over the past four years, with Republicans now even more likely to reject the idea than they were before.