Since science is the province of hippies and queers, Republicans have decided evolution is a hoax against Jesus or something.
Over the last four years, the percentage of Democrats who said they believe in evolution has risen by three points, from 64 percent to 67 percent. But the percentage of Republicans who believe in the theory has dropped 11 points, from 54 percent to 43 percent.
So while there was a 10-point gap in 2009, there is now a 24-point gap.
Pew says similar shifts have not occurred for any other demographics, either racial or religious.
At the very least the growth of the Tea Party might make us rethink the connection between “evolution” and “progress.”