America thinks

 
Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

-- When it comes to climate change and the teaching of evolution there is a large gap between what scientists think and the views of ordinary Americans, a new survey has found.

Almost all scientists surveyed accept that human beings evolved by natural processes and that human activity, chiefly the burning of fossil fuels, is causing global warming but the general public is far less sure. A third of the Americans surveyed said human beings have existed in their current form since the beginning of time and only half of the respondents agreed that people are behind climate change. Eleven per cent do not believe there is any warming at all.

The survey by the Pew Research Center for the People in Washington involved about 2,000 members of the public and 2,500 scientists drawn from the rolls of the science advancement association, which includes teachers, administrators and researchers.

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