Shocking figures reveal Americans’ lack of belief in key scientific concepts including the Big Bang, evolution, age of the Earth, and climate change.
According to an AP-GfK poll, a startling 51 percent of Americans are not convinced that the universe began, 13.8 billion years ago, with a big bang. As the results of the poll indicate, the percentage of people who have extreme confidence in the Big Bang is marginal (8%).
Skepticism also prevailed when it came to global warming, Earth’s age, and evolution. An overwhelming 42 percent of the people were not confident about natural selection. Moreover, 37 percent of people were uncertain about global warming, whereas, 36 percent were doubtful about the age of the Earth.
Additionally, 15 percent of people are unsure about the safety of child vaccination, thanks to Jenny McCarthy.
These results are not just disappointing, they are downright depressing. America’s top scientists, some of them Nobel laureates, were saddened by the results.
While commenting on the news, Randy Schekman of the University of California, Berkeley, and winner of the Nobel Prize in 2013 said, "Science ignorance is pervasive in our society, and these attitudes are reinforced when some of our leaders are openly antagonistic to established facts."
Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication believes that this poll highlights “the iron triangle of science, religion and politics”.
It certainly appears so.
However, as poll results show, Religion and politics seem to have an upper hand here.
Half of Americans are doubtful about the Big Bang theory, yet I just worked with Jim Parsons.— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) April 21, 2014
Sorry, Neil deGrasse Tyson: More than half the U.S. doesn't believe the Big Bang theory... http://t.co/k7zwztitp6— Salon.com (@Salon) April 21, 2014
51% of Americans have doubts about the Big Bang Theory. Most are fine with Malcolm In The Middle http://t.co/Wrhqputz8X— Michael Moran (@TheMichaelMoran) April 21, 2014