Majority of Self-Identified Republicans Reject Evolution

Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at 08:28 PM

The results of a recent Gallup Poll reinforce the idea that the Republican Party is rapidly becoming the anti-science party by virtue of becoming the God Party.

From NewsMax comes this AP summary of the poll:
Tuesday, June 12, 2007 7:17 a.m. EDT

Poll: 68% of GOP Voters Reject Evolution Theory

... A Gallup poll released Monday said that while the country is about evenly split over whether the theory of evolution is true, Republicans disbelieve it by more than 2-to-1.

Republicans saying they don't believe in evolution outnumbered those who do by 68 percent to 30 percent in the survey. Democrats believe in evolution by 57 percent to 40 percent, as do independents by a 61 percent to 37 percent margin.

The poll also said that those who go to church often are far likelier to reject evolution than those who do not. Republicans are likelier than Democrats or independents to attend church services, according to Frank Newport, editor in chief of the Gallup Poll.

At the GOP's first presidential debate last month, the 10 candidates were asked which of them did not believe in evolution. Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo raised their hands.

The Gallup survey, conducted May 21 to 24, involved telephone interviews with 1,007 adults. It had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

More than two thirds reject evolution? I don't have a very good opinion of modern Republicans, but this surprised the hell out of me.

Throw in global warming views, stem cell research, insistence that homosexuality is a moral "choice," and God knows what else, and you have a pretty good argument that the current crop of folks who identify themselves as Republican are the Evangelical Christian Party of America.

Who needs a GOP when you can have an ECPA?

The big question is, have Republicans so marginalized themselves that you can only get that party's nomination by being so extreme that you can't get more than a handful of Independents to vote for you?

Comments

What is this crap?

Another way to bilk an ad dollar out of the rubes, aye Rogers?

King Rex

I have to go with my biology-grad-student friend: I wish people would just say that they don't really know much about evolution instead of making up an opinion on it because it's what they are supposed to think. And that goes for both sides of the issue.

I agree with you and your friend when it comes to the question of whether someone personally understands evolution well enough to have a separate opinion on the theory. I doubt that many people, regardless of political affiliation or philosophy, really understand the details of evolutionary theory.

On the other hand, people believe all sorts of scientific theories despite a lack of personal knowledge and understanding. I don't personally understand nuclear power, aerodynamics, or even gravity when you get down into the underlying details. But I believe that the scientists are generally correct in their theories on those subjects.

Similarly, most people who profess a strong belief in "free markets" as that term is understood today don't have any personal understanding of details of the underlying theories.

I suspect that many people who think that evolution is not "true" think that way because of their religious beliefs, rather than a personal analysis and consequent rejection of the theory.

In any case, the post was really about the phenomenon of personal beliefs on an essentially scientific issue being so strongly correlated with the person's self-professed political affiliation. Since evolution is not in any fundamental sense "political," I find that very odd.

In the many arguments I read concerning the theory of evolution, I find most people equating rejection of evolution to a lack of education, which is false.

I also read that the 'intellectuals' are the conservatives are the Republicans. And that the dummies are the socialists, are the Democrats. Unquestionably both these assumptions are totally FALSE. Heated debates flowing over with hatred for the 'other side' are filling the Internet.

This recent trend is bringing the country to an irreparable divide. Many people decide their vote the same way I do, If the person that is running for president is honest, and will do what the people want done, and will not show favoritism to ANY industry, then he/she MIGHT be good for the country. I say might, because only God knows what is inside that carefully guarded interior person.

Others decide their vote simply by party. This last type are the ones who are is bringing this country to the brink of destruction. Party politics, if it continues much longer will be the TOTAL ruination of America.

Public opinion places the Political right into the intellectual group, but many blogers claim that people who do not believe in evolution are poorly educated, and definitely not intellectual. How is it then that the polls show that most of the 'intellectuals' do not believe in evolution.

Here's why. The very best way to determine if evolution is a science it to put on the hat that is rarely worn. Put on the thinking cap and be logical. It is totally illogical to believe that live created itself without any instructions or any other help.

If evolutionists want to end the arguments all they have to do is, get their brilliant heads together and assemble a self replicating 'simple' living cell. This should be possible, since they certainly have a very great amount of knowledge about what is inside the 'simple' cell.

After all, shouldn't all the combined Intelligence of all the worlds scientist be able the do what chance encounters with random chemicals, without a set of instructions, accomplished about 4 billion years ago,according to the evolutionists, having no intelligence at all available to help them along in their quest to become a living entity. Surely then the evolutionists scientists today should be able to make us a 'simple' cell.

If it weren't so pitiful it would be humorous, that intelligent people have swallowed the evolution mythology.

Beyond doubt, the main reason people believe in evolution is that sources they admire, say it is so. It would pay for these people to do a thorough examination of all the evidence CONTRARY to evolution that is readily available: Try answersingenesis.org. The evolutionists should honestly examine the SUPPOSED evidence 'FOR' evolution for THEMSELVES.

Build us a cell, from scratch, with the required raw material, that is with NO cell material, just the 'raw' stuff, and the argument is over. But if the scientists are unsuccessful, perhaps they should try Mother Earth's recipe, you know, the one they claim worked the first time about 4 billion years ago, so they say. All they need to do is to gather all the chemicals that we know are essential for life, pour them into a large clay pot and stir vigorously for a few billion years, and Walla, LIFE!

Oh, you don't believe the 'original' Mother Earth recipe will work? You are NOT alone, Neither do I, and MILLIONS of others!

Those who believe in evolution simply haven't done enough independent research on the subject, OR, they have been mesmerized by their biology teacher/professor, as I was. OR, they hate God!

" I find most people equating rejection of evolution to a lack of education"

Not my experience. I see a correlation between belief in the literal truth of the bible and rejection of evolution. Those who believe in the bible's literal truth can be educated or uneducated.

"I also read that the 'intellectuals' are the conservatives are the Republicans."

That's not my experience at all, and I don't see too many people making that claim.

"Those who believe in evolution simply haven't done enough independent research on the subject, OR, they have been mesmerized by their biology teacher/professor, as I was. OR, they hate God!"

They "hate God?" Why in the world would someone "hate God?" That makes as much sense as someone "loving abortion."

One of the better explanations I've read of why many people reject evolution in favor of creationism or its newest manifestation of "intelligent design" can be found here. I think that author is largely right.

The effort here seems to be to vilify Republicans by painting them with the broad brush of anti-evolution; as if that were a veritable crime.

The fact of the matter is that those opposed to the theory of evolution are the religious, and despite whatever political ideology they might have. In that regard, it is the South which holds the largest number of religious citizens, with the Midwest coming in a close second.

In the South, the majority of voters are registered as Democrats -- the "Dixiecrats" which have been so reviled; except when they hold seats in the Senate, and at which time they are considered veritable saints, and despite the fact that they may have been outright KKK members at one time.

In reality, the most radical of all the anti-evolutionists are Southern Democrats! Those who have been identified as NASCAR trailer-trash by their own Democratic party, and ever since the "party" acted out as traitors in militating to lose the war in Vietnam ...

... now, the "party" is progressively attempting to lose a war in the Middle East ... more virtual treason from the "party" which is performing political hari-kiri as they think they are gutting-out the Republicans!!!

In reality, the most radical of all the anti-evolutionists are Southern Democrats! Those who have been identified as NASCAR trailer-trash by their own Democratic party, and ever since the "party" acted out as traitors in militating to lose the war in Vietnam ...

... now, the "party" is progressively attempting to lose a war in the Middle East ... more virtual treason from the "party" which is performing political hari-kiri as they think they are gutting-out the Republicans!!!


It's always nice to hear what the psychiatric patients have to say. Now go take your meds and contemplate the quiet room for a while.