Majority of Americans Doubt the Big Bang
Poll shows 51% Americans unsure
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 21, 2014 12:29 PM CDT
Updated Apr 26, 2014 1:11 PM CDT
An artist's representation of the first stars in the universe 'turning on.'   (NASA)

(Newser) – Americans aren't really sold on scientific consensus. A new AP-Gfk poll finds that while the public generally believes scientists on issues of personal health—just 4%, for example, doubt that smoking causes cancer—there's widespread doubt on bigger picture subjects. A slim majority (51%) said they doubted the Big Bang theory, for example, and about 40% had their doubts that the Earth is 4.5 billion years old, the theory of evolution, or that the Earth is warming due to human activity.

People who attended religious services regularly were especially likely to doubt those concepts, and Republicans were more inclined to doubt them than Democrats. "Most often, values and beliefs trump science," the head of the American Association for the Advancement of Science said. Or, as one Nobel-winning biochemist put it, "When you are putting up facts against faith, facts can't argue against faith. It makes sense now that science would have made no headway because faith is untestable."

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Majority of Americans Doubt the Big Bang is...
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Showing 3 of 562 comments
Apr 29, 2014 2:36 PM CDT
Hey Box Car Willie Those are the one who believe in the BIG BANG theory...idiocy!!...the educated ones know that evolution makes no to little sense. I do have the math to back this up. eme
Apr 28, 2014 9:19 PM CDT
No surprise in any of this because MAJORITY of Americans are not that well educated Majority of Americans AIN'T scientists are they? Just watch Jay Leno "JayWalkers" Majority of high school drop outs don't even know what 7 x 9 equals... do you? Don't believe me, ask a sample of high schoolers who "Ditch" school- NONE that I've asked seem to know that 7 x 9 is simply 70 minus 7 or 63, don't have the brain power
Apr 27, 2014 4:21 PM CDT
And goofs watch crap like Duck Dynasty,and Wallyworld has every little trincket w/ the Duck Dynasty theme on it any idiot would need."Beam me up Scotty"!!!! Fast,before Palin opens her piehole again.