61% of Americans believe in evolution?

That’s the word I read in a poll. I’ll probably post further, but it’s late and I’m just going to post the putative fact itself for now. Suffice to say that I’ve long suspected that the numbers normally reported in the US are due more to social pressures than genuine belief (but I’m an optimist).


~ by B.T. Murtagh on January 4, 2008.

2 Responses to “61% of Americans believe in evolution?”

  1. You say you’re an optimist. Is that because you hope the number is correct, or because you hope the number is too low?

    In related news, slightly less than two thirds of Americans accept that the Earth is round.

  2. I’m an optimist in that I think a hefty proportion of the people who claim to believe the Bible literally actually do not.

    That said, the real number is no doubt still distressingly high. I suppose I am setting a fairly low bar for optimism.

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