Republican Belief in Evolution Down from 2009

December 30, 2013 12:12 pm

by Jon Richards · 24 comments

According to recent polling by the Pew Research Center, the number of U.S. Republicans who believe in evolution has diminished in the last four years. A 2009 poll had 54% of GOPers believing that humans evolved over time, while 39% believed humans existed in their present form since the beginning. In 2013, only 43% believed in evolution, while 48% leaned towards creationism.

Democratic belief in evolution increased by 3% over the same time period, to 67%, while independents believing in evolution dropped by two points, to 65%.

In an August 2013 poll by Public Policy Polling, Georgians overall supported creationism over evolution. 70% of Republicans, 43% of Democrats, and 46% of independents said they believed more in creationism.

The question is, how much will this help or hurt Paul Broun in his quest to win a Senate seat in November?

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peachpundit (@peachpundit) December 30, 2013 at 12:12 pm

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2g Strategies (@2gstrategies) December 30, 2013 at 1:40 pm

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View from Brookhaven December 30, 2013 at 2:47 pm

I’m most amused by the Protestant/Catholic split.

Pew needs to stop wasting time with softball questions, though.
“Is evolution a LIE FROM THE PIT OF HELL?!” is the question that must be asked.

saltycracker December 30, 2013 at 3:01 pm

There are a lot of evolutionary creationists out there too, just as there are a lot of folks that support abortion restricted to specific extreme circumstances.

With all the challenges we face, making the choice either/or is at the extremes and making these a mandatory litmus test for a elected government official is nuts. Here’s an example:
“The Canton T.E.A. Party has adopted the policy that we will not nominate any candidate for any office unless the candidate solidly supports Life.” (from conception).

Citizens await a politician that can clearly communicate the creative steps (Mr. Sennett’s “the ability to explain things”) he’ll take to abort the “Obamanation”.

Scott65 December 30, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Evolutionary Creationists? LOL…you gotta be kidding. You can be one, or the other, but not both. Nice how you stuck abortion in there as well that has absolutely nothing to do with this thread

saltycracker December 30, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Bless your heart, it has been a long time since my minor in philosophy, but we can deduce what the 65 represents.

David Staples December 31, 2013 at 9:05 am

“The Canton T.E.A. Party has adopted the policy that we will not nominate any candidate for any office unless the candidate solidly supports Life.”

Life is capitalized in that sentence. So theoretically, any candidate that supports Life College / University / whatever fits the requirements, no? ;-)

D_in_ATL December 31, 2013 at 10:41 am

I wonder if the Canton T.E.A. party would still support Israel…you know, principles being paramount to all else.

xdog December 31, 2013 at 3:50 pm

A stronger Israel means a more imminent rapture, so I’d say yes.

South Fulton Guy December 30, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Paul Broun has a host of issues adversely impacting his elect-ability as a US Senator other than his reasonable support of creationism. Having talked to him about his quest, it is hard to take him seriously without rolling my eyes.

Scott65 December 30, 2013 at 6:58 pm

…and if he is nominated he will lose. He is coo-coo for cocoa puffs

xdog December 30, 2013 at 3:13 pm

But we’re assured daily that if gopers would only change how they offer their message, the electorate would see how truly fit they are to set the course for the country.

For many the question of their fitness to function in a real rather than an imagined world was settled long ago.

I’d ask those who don’t believe in evolution why they think researchers bother to change the flu vaccine every year. If non-believers allow that ‘lower’ forms like viruses can evolve but not ‘higher’ forms like themselves, I’d say thank you and look for the way out.

Noway December 30, 2013 at 3:51 pm

The pollster does a great disservice to the people by not disclosing that the majority of those polled came from

Scott65 December 30, 2013 at 6:59 pm

wrong…snake handlers

Noway December 30, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Have you seen the folks on there, Scott? I’m thinking a rough equivilency!! We won’t argue on this issue!

Baker December 30, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Amen saltycracker….

NoTeabagging December 30, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Gravity is a theory. Thank God it works.
Dinosaurs? Didn’t exist because God didn’t ‘fess up about them in the Bible?

Photosynthesis, evaporation, condensation, adaptation, evolution, erosion, weather, night/day and many other accepted “laws of nature” somehow conspire to defeat the human notion of a divine creator. Why can’t people put their religion and science together and possibly believe that God used these “tools” of science during creation. . . and who said She is through creating anyway?

Scott65 December 30, 2013 at 7:06 pm

I find it disturbing to put it mildly that on the dawn of 2014 we are even having this really moronic discussion. Evolution isnt a theory…it has been proven. As mentioned earlier, viruses, bacteria, and many animals have been shown to evolve to survive changing environmental conditions. The Bible as a literal document misses its meaning. The bible was a roadmap of how to live your life. It is a collection of stories to show morality and preserve a history of the Jewish people (loosely…not literally). Many organized religions have co-opted that message as means of control…thats my opinion. I forget who said organized religion was for the weak minded…but they were more or less correct

dregstudios December 30, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Here in TN, they have taken steps though new legislation to allow creationism back into the classroom. This law turns the clock back nearly 100 years here in the seemingly unprogressive South and is simply embarrassing. There is no argument against the Theory of Evolution other than that of religious doctrine. The Monkey Law only opens the door for fanatic Christianity to creep its way back into our classrooms. You can see my visual response as a Tennessean to this absurd law on my artist’s blog at with some evolutionary art and a little bit of simple logic.

John Vestal December 30, 2013 at 7:30 pm

In looking at the numbers covering all adults, I’m torn between….

(a) banging head-to-desk that a third of American adults don’t believe in human evolution, and..
(b) sighing in relief that “only” a third of American adults don’t believe in human evolution

I try to cheer myself up a bit about it all by the realization that the numbers are skewed by longer modern life-spans. :-Þ

Dave Bearse December 30, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Some of the change may be due to people changing their identification from GOP or independent to Dem as the GOP moves away rightward from them.

NoTeabagging January 1, 2014 at 3:16 pm

@Dave. Perhaps voters are evolving away from Party associations.

saltycracker January 1, 2014 at 7:43 pm

Those who bet the farm on absolutes in science or literal biblical translations will be disappointed.
Science adjusts the theories on the evolution of man routinely and translations of the bible continue to change. Both have a profound impact on our lives.

This was driven home recently on a lecture I attended at a college on Ponce DeLeon, where he landed and what his mission was. Much scientific evidence and various log interpretations were heatedly debated.

The reality is the info he took back started a European migration that changed this continent.

Should we carry on about science (navigation – the greatest scientific problem of the time, longitude, was not solved for another 200+ plus years until the 1770′s) or put blind faith in the kings direction (to convert the savages) or pursue science with an eye on the most ethical applications for the good of all mankind ? It is a distraction to deny the potential good in either while those that focus on absolutes piss us off and deliver lousy consequences for most.

saltycracker January 1, 2014 at 7:58 pm

This is just a distraction for those of us disappointed over TWO dropped fourth down passes in the Gator Bowl. But…Go ‘Noles.