CNN poll suggests that 41% of Americans do not believe in evolution
CNN/ORC Poll in PDF form
The CNN/ORC poll was conducted on 1,034 American adults over the telephone. The poll is full of many interesting facts and I recommend glancing it over quickly to see how your thoughts line up with those in the poll. The information displayed below about evolution stood out in my mind:
NeilS — It struck me as odd that nearly 41% of Americans believe that evolution is probably or certainly false. Of course, this must either stem from teachings at home or teachings at school. I dug up a New York Times article that highlights research based on a national survey of more than 900 public high school biology teachers. According to the survey:
Researchers found that only 28% of biology teachers consistently follow the recommendations of the National Research Council to describe straightforwardly the evidence for evolution and explain the way in which it is a unifying theme in all of biology. At the other extreme, 13% explicitly advocate creationism, and spend at least an hour of class time presenting it in a positive light.
That leaves what the authors call “the cautious 60 percent,” who avoid controversy by endorsing neither evolution nor its unscientific alternatives.
Also, a children’s book by Daniel Loxton called “Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be” could not get published in the United States, though it won a Canadian book award. This certainly suggests that people, whether or not they believe in evolution, are afraid to bring it up because it is at touchy subject. Teachers would rather avoid it so as to not be criticized, and the same goes for publishing companies.