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  •  why did we think that, I wonder? (5+ / 0-)

    In the 2004 General Social Survey, 42% of respondents -- including 38% of "strong Democrats" (and 59% of "strong Republicans") -- chose the first of the following three options:

    1. God created man pretty much in his present form at one time within the last 10,000 years.

    2. Man has developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life. God had no part in this process.

    3. Man has developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process, including man's creation.

    I don't immediately have data specifically on the age of the earth, but I think it is a safe bet that a bunch of Democrats are Young Earth Creationists -- although the proportion is a lot lower than for Republicans.

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    by HudsonValleyMark on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 09:16:51 AM PST

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    •  it may be a case of false consensus (2+ / 0-)
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      I will guess that a large majority (although maybe not nearly as large as I might think) of Kossacks accept that the earth is billions of years old. And the topic comes up (albeit not very often), and I've never seen it disputed here.

      Meanwhile, I will further guess, Democratic politicians know better than to make the age of the earth a campaign issue. So we extrapolate from an extremely unrepresentative convenience sample.

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      by HudsonValleyMark on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 09:29:29 AM PST

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