April 22, 2014 Last Updated 8:03 am

The AP polls American and finds belief in scientific theories is more and more a political issue

The chances that you believe in the Big Bang theory, that climate change is being accelerated by humans, is likely influenced by your political beliefs, an Associated Press-GfK poll found. But like most polls, it is how the questions are asked that really determine the responses.

The poll found that Americans are pretty sure that smoking causes cancer (only 4 percent were doubtful), and that genetic code determines our make up, but on issues such as evolution or the origins of the universe, nearly half of Americans remain skeptical. Those who identify themselves as Republicans tend to be the most skeptical of scientific theory, according to the poll.

The poll was conducted between March 20-24 and involved online interviews with 1,012 adults.

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“Science ignorance is pervasive in our society, and these attitudes are reinforced when some of our leaders are openly antagonistic to established facts,” the AP quoted Randy Schekman of the University of California, Berkeley, a winner of the Noble Prize in medicine in 2013.

The results were released on Earth Day, celebrated each April 22, and coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.

  • Dan Cameron 4 years ago

    Bait and switch (species -> family) does not make human evolution
    true. ‘Family’ animals don’t change to other ‘family’ animals.

    Headline: “100-million-year-old turtle remains discovered in Henan”
    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2008-01/04/content_6371544.htm

    Turtles are still the same.

    Headline: “Fossil mosquito yields 46-million-year-old blood”
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/fossil-mosquito-yields-46-million-year-old-blood-1.2053945

    Mosquitoes are still the same.

    Human evolution is a false belief.

  • Chuck Anziulewicz 4 years ago

    And people wonder WHY science education in the U.S. is lagging behind the rest of the Western World. For all our military might and abundance and “American Exceptionalism,” we still cling wistfully to religious dogma and superstition. Rather than watching “Cosmos” on Sunday nights, Americans would rather watch “Resurrection.”