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!