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4 in 10 Americans believe in Creationism

December 22, 2010

Last week’s new Gallup poll shows that 40% of Americans believe in Creationism, i.e. that God created the world in 7 days about 10,000 years ago.

Here’s what caught my eye among the findings:

Americans’ views on human origins varied significantly by level of education and religion, the poll found. Those with less education were more likely to hold a creationist view that God created life thousands of years ago, while college graduates were more likely to hold one of the two viewpoints involving evolution.

Listen up progressive P.R. guys!  As usual, you’ve missed the point and you’re focusing on the (admittedly) alarming factoid that 52% of Republicans believe a strict interpretation of the Biblical creation story. Wrong focus!

Act like Karl Rove and take the long view: find an audience who already believe in policies you support, and pander to them. In other words,  it is possible to grow new liberal voters.

Democratic party leaders should be crafting legislation to send more kids to more colleges with more financial aid. Make up some program that’ll get past the Republicans’ “just say no” voting bloc. This should be fairly easy if you’d just put your game face on. The message “send more kids to college” ought to be a no-brainer, and there’s got to be a way to spin that message so that even the neo-cons will have to support it.

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