Thursday, January 14, 2010


So I've been looking over the Pew Research Center's study (out earlier this year) concerning the public perception of science and one of the interesting things that I noticed right away is that there's a difference in the percent of people surveyed who accept evolution.  In a similar survey conducted in 2006, when asked whether "Humans and other living things have evolved over time" 51% of respondents agreed with the statement.  Meanwhile, 42% preferred the statement "Humans and other living things have existed in their present form only", and 7% fell under the heading "Don't know".  In the 2009 study, 61% percent agreed that "Humans and other living things have evolved over time", while 31% claimed the "existed in present form only" option, and 8% responded "don't know" or failed to respond.  That's a 10 percent increase in people accepting evolution and a 9% decrease in those denying it!  Hooray for progress!

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