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According to a Pew Research Poll published on Dec. 30, 2013, only 43% of Republicans believe humans evolved over time. Why is this?

More than 60% of Independents and Democrats believe evolution. However fewer Republicans believe evolution than before. Republican belief in evolution has dropped from 54% in 2009 to 43% in 2013. I agree when the article claims that: " Differences in the racial and ethnic composition of Democrats and Republicans or differences in their levels of religious commitment do not wholly explain partisan differences in beliefs about evolution."
Here is the article: http://www.pewforum.org/2013/12/30/publics-views-on-human-evolution/

What is your opinion about this trend? What factors do you think are causing it? Do you expect this trend to continue?

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    Dec 31 2013: K, In you article the most important part is the very last sentence: " In addition to sampling error, one should bear in mind that question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of opinion polls."

    I once worked in analysis. I can make the outcome meet what ever you want it to be.

    We all believe the polls we want to believe. We disregard the ones we don't want to believe.

    The most interesting part of the survey was the differences in Catholics. There is not a lot of wiggle room if you are Catholic. They are all taught the same. I know ... a low down Republican must have swayed the results.
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      Jan 2 2014: Wouldn't the republican have to high up to change the results, not low down?
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        Jan 2 2014: That would be in the opinion of the speaker. Since I am an Independent I will leave that to liberals and conservatives.

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