Evolution Gets Plurality Support in America—Happy Birthday, Mr. Darwin

Seriously? Only 40 percent? Sigh.

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By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Less than 40 percent of Americans believe Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. Seriously?

I guess the upside is that the figure—39 percent—is a plurality of respondents in a new Gallup poll. Fully a quarter of Americans said that they reject evolution, while 36 percent say they don't have an opinion.

Again: Seriously? More than 1 in 3 Americans, asked about evolution, respond with a shrug? Maybe that's one where the science and faith sides of the issue can find common ground—come on, people.

Thursday would be Darwin's 200th birthday and we've had a couple of pretty good debates in our op-ed section over whether creationism should be taught in school and, now, comparing evolution to creationism (excuse me—"intelligent design"). Check them out and weigh in with your thoughts.

Just don't be in that 36 percent.

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