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reply to post by boncho
this is the guy that put his name on the survey, tell him his work is crap.
People are idiots. So asking their opinion...
I've seen previous results.
I think this boils down to lack of education, or a complete ignorance towards it.
I would go as far as saying if this study was held in the UK, it would have the same results, if not worse.
I agree with the dumbing down of our society, or people have become very lazy!
It used to be 1 in 5 in the US and 1 in 4 in the UK, roughly. Now that this says 1 in 4 in the US also, that would match the prior UK survey I read about.
I had a hard time accepting so many people didn't know which orbits which, because nobody I know personally thinks the sun orbits the Earth.
News followed “very closely” by American public: 1996–2012
Celebrity news.....................................................................….. 2008 7%
Science and technology......................................................……… … 2008 13%
reply to post by boncho
Telephone survey, right. There they are, watching 'American Idol' when the phone rings. They are asked a series of questions which they answer randomly, just to be done with it. Some of them deliberately give the 'wrong' answers just to mess with the interviewer. No, this was not a very tightly controlled survey.
reply to post by Indigent
A couple thousand people hardly speaks for the entire population.
Think about it; America is actually smart enough to take over the world!
- wouldn't you agree?
Evolution and the Big Bang
The GSS survey includes two additional true-or-false
science questions that are not included in the index calculation
because Americans’ responses appear to reflect factors
beyond unfamiliarity with basic elements of science.
One of these questions addresses evolution, and the other
addresses the origins of the universe. To better understand
Americans’ responses, the 2012 GSS replicated an experiment
first conducted in 2004 (NSB 2006). Half of the survey
respondents were randomly assigned to receive questions
focused on information about the natural world (“human beings,
as we know them today, developed from earlier species
of animals” and “the universe began with a big explosion”).
The other half were asked the questions with a preface that
focused on conclusions that the scientific community has
drawn about the natural world (“according to the theory of
evolution, human beings, as we know them today, developed
from earlier species of animals” and “according to astronomers,
the universe began with a big explosion”).
In 2012, respondents were much more likely to answer
both questions correctly if the questions were framed as being
about scientific theories or ideas rather than about natural
world facts. For evolution, 48% of Americans answered
“true” when presented with the statement that human beings
evolved from earlier species with no preface, whereas 72%
of those who received the preface said “true,” a 24 percentage
point difference.14 These results replicate the pattern from
2004, when the percentage answering “true” went from 42%
to 74%, a 32 percentage point difference (NSB 2008). For
the big bang question, the pattern was very similar: in 2012,
39% of Americans answered “true” when presented with the
statement about the origin of the universe without the preface,
whereas 60% of those who heard the statement with
the preface answered “true.” This represents a 21 percentage
point difference. The 2004 experiment found that including
the preface increased the percentage who answered correctly
I agree, though it's also sad that science education is so poor, the people designing the question to evaluate knowledge of science don't know enough science to ask a properly worded question (or maybe as you implied they actually knew what they were doing and intentionally skewed the result with a poorly worded question? Who knows?)
"the universe began with a big explosion"
This question is actually kind of funny. There's quite a few physicists that would either answer N/A to a true or false question, or simply say false.
And I've heard many physicists say it wasn't an explosion, so it seems sad to ask about an explosion as if that's a valid test of scientific knowledge.
The Big Bang is not an explosion....
I saw it on TV so it must be true:
46% belive in creationist origins. Earth doesn't revolve around the sun, and god farted man into existence.