USA: Today less Republicans believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution than in 2009.
Republicans are ditching evolution in favor of creationism.
In 2013 just 43% of Republicans believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution. Put another way, 57% believe that humans are the same now as they were at the beginning of time. These are “creationists”.
Democrats are much more likely to believe in human evolution (67%).
Overall 33% of Americans believe that “humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time”.
Does this fundamental belief have any impact on cat ownership?
I am surprised at the very high percentage of Americans who disagree totally in Darwin’s theory of evolution. I thought it was common sense.
We don’t know from this survey what creationists believe about the relationship between animal and human. It is likely to be a belief that humans are superior and different to animals. This might encourage a less respectful relationship with cats
Whereas evolutionists are more likely to believe that humans are “human animals” and that we are at one with animals but apart. This should encourage a more respectful attitude towards cats.
Conclusion: Democrats are better cat owners than Republicans! Disagree? There are obviously millions of great Republican cat caretakers and some bad Democrat cat caretakers. However, the general trend points towards Democrats being more sensitive towards cats because of this fundamental belief.
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- Source: figures based poll by Pew Research Center