One in Five Americans Say Evolution "Definitely False"
No link because as far as I know this isn't online anywhere, but I just saw the latest Gallup poll on evolution. According to the summary, "By 58% to 26%, a majority of Americans express their belief in creationism; by 55% to 34%, a majority also accept evolution." Not entirely sure how that works, but I guess some people are able to explain to themselves why both are true.
But what disappointed me most was the question of whether creationism, evolution, and intelligent design were definitely true, probably true, probably false, or definitely false. Only 8 percent said creationism is definitely false, 10 percent said intelligent design is definitely false, and 20 percent said evolution is definitely false. Creationism also beats evolution in the definitely true category by 29-20 percent, with intelligent design coming in at 8 percent (more than a quarter of all people are not familiar with intelligent design, so it gets lower marks in all the categories.)
A simple way of reading this would be to say that if you know five people, chances are that one of them thinks evolution is definitely false. Fortunately, that's not true. You, the reader of this blog, likely surround yourself with educated, intelligent, curious-minded people. Sadly, even you probably know some people who think evolution is definitely false, but I'm betting it's less than one in five.