A recent survey conducted by GfK Public Affairs & Corporate Communications shows that about 30 percent of Americans are convinced that the Big Bang actually happened. The rest were unsure whether they believed that the universe was created from an infinitely dense singularity 13.82 billion years ago.
The survey has been conducted every year since 1980.
Nobel Prize medicine winner Randy Schekman, of the University of California Berkeley, explained why the poll holds credibility.
“Science ignorance is pervasive in our society and these attitudes are reinforced when some of our leaders are openly antagonistic to established facts,” Schekman said, via The New York Daily News.
There is a correlation between liberal beliefs and faith, and this is exemplified in politics. Research showed that evolution, climate change, and the Big Bang theory are more supported by Democrats than by Republicans. Democrats were also shown to have less religious belief than opinionated individuals in opposition.
“When you are putting up facts against faith, facts can’t argue against faith,” said 2012 Nobel Prize winning biochemistry professor Robert Lefkowitz of Duke University. “It makes sense now that science would have made no headway because faith is untestable.”
Experience and faith are not the only things that affect people’s views on science. Campaigns to discredit scientific facts are a big factor. People less educated on science are more likely to remain ignorant to it if they see that their politicians out rightly fight against the topic.
The AP-GfK poll involved online interviews with 1,012 adults and has a margin of sampling error of 3.4 percentage points for all respondents.
They were chosen randomly through phone or mail survey methods, and were also surveyed online. Those selected who did not have internet were provided with the ability to access the internet at no cost to them.