Another survey says more Americans believe in angels and devils than evolution.

Another Harris Poll with more proof that many Americans need a mental enema:

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll(R), a new nationwide survey of 2,126 U.S. adults surveyed online between November 10 and 17, 2008 by Harris Interactive(R).
Some of the interesting findings in this new Harris Poll include:

—80% of adult Americans believe in God – unchanged since the last time we asked the question in 2005. Large majorities of the public believe in miracles (75%), heaven (73%), angels (71%), that Jesus is God or the Son of God (71%), the resurrection of Jesus (70%), the survival of the soul after death (68%), hell (62%), the Virgin birth (Jesus born of Mary (61%) and the devil (59%).

—Slightly more people – but both are minorities – believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution (47%) than in creationism (40%).

—Sizeable minorities believe in ghosts (44%), UFOs (36%), witches (31%), astrology (31%), and reincarnation (24%).

There’s some other interesting stats as well such as the differences in beliefs between Catholics and Protestants with Catholics, for example, being more likely that Protestants to accept the theory of evolution. Which is kind of ironic given the history of the Catholic church.

The good news is that the ratio of people accepting evolution has risen since a similar poll in 2005 in which 51% of people didn’t accept the theory of evolution. Which was up from a poll in 2003 that had only 28% of people buying into the theory of evolution. One of the benefits of being a long time blogger is being able to look up old polls in your archives.

So Americans are largely still idiots, but less so than in the past. That’s some progress at least.

4 thoughts on “Another survey says more Americans believe in angels and devils than evolution.

  1. Forty percent believe in creationism, whatever that is.  It feels like there is some kind of time warp thing going on.  This is certainly not a great endorsement of our education system.  And only thirty-one percent believe in witches.  Damn, I thought everyone knew witches were real.

  2. The issue is evolution isn’t taught or explained properly…or at least it wasn’t at my school.  I didn’t understand it, myself, until the last few years when I had a biologist explain it to me in detail…I believed it anyway, but my point is that most grade school teachers probably don’t understand it sufficiently to effectively teach it.

    so it goes to show that ppl will believe in something easier to “understand” like God creating everything.

    ps…I apologize for any bad spelling…baby in my arms that has discovered the keyboard.  grin

  3. Well 47% for evolution is an improvement, it used to be much lower. I thought I read something earlier this year that said that only around 30-35% “believed” in evolution circa 2000. Slowly but surely more people will adopt it, it is just a matter of time.

    I am not surprised that more American Catholics accept evolution than Protestants do. American Protestant groups have been fighting evolution for quite a long time, more American Protestants are biblical literalists, while the Vatican has no real objections to evolution or to Catholic acceptance of it.

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