A new CNN/ORC poll included a question about evolution, with few surprises in the results. Asked "Do you believe that the theory of evolution is definitely true, probably true, probably false, or definitely false," 21% of respondents favored definitely true, 36% favored probably true, 16% favored probably false, 25% favored definitely false, and 3% offered no opinion, the poll report (PDF, p. 6) indicated. The report also indicated (p. 15) that evolution was more popular among Democrats than Republicans (with 67% versus 35% regarding it as definitely or probably true), among the college-educated than the non-college-educated (64% versus 46%), and among those under 50 than those 50 and older (60% versus 52%). The poll was conducted by telephone among 1038 adult Americans from September 9 to September 11, 2011; the margin of sampling error for results based on the total sample is +/- 3%.
September 16, 2011