A conservative activist and columnist is encouraged by a recent poll showing a marked decrease in the percentage of Republicans who believe in evolution.
A recently published Pew Research study finds that the percentage of Republicans who believe Darwin's theory of evolution is correct has dropped 11 percent in the last few years. The survey shows that in 2009, 54 percent of Republicans and nearly two-thirds of Democrats said "humans and other living things" evolved over time. But today the percentage of Republicans adhering to that belief has dropped significantly to 43 percent, while the number of Democrats has increased slightly to 67 percent.
Robert Knight is a senior fellow/executive director at the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times. He isn't surprised at the results.
"Evolution is at the core of a left-wing, secular, humanist worldview that has been breathing down everybody's necks in America for years [and telling us that] the best we can do is empower government to make our decisions for us," he offers. "That leads to terrible things like socialism and communism and fascism and Nazism and the more extreme forms of liberalism in this country."
The political commentator is encouraged that more Republicans reject the concept – and believes it could bode well for the GOP at election time later this year.
"The Republicans have a great opportunity to say Look, we've witnessed the collapse of a lot of lies that liberals have told over the years, and now we're questioning evolution more than ever as a basis for people's worldviews," Knight suggests. "So the dynamics are fascinating – and I think they could add up to an enormous conservative revival in this country."
Knight believes the midterm elections coming up in November are the Republicans to lose.