Last week, the Supreme Court overturned gay marriage bans across the country. Opponents of marriage equality complained that the court was ignoring the will of the people – well, after reading a recent poll, perhaps the will of the people needs to be ignored a lot more often.
You probably want to sit down for this one: According to research done by YouGov, 41 percent of Americans believe that humans and dinosaurs lived side by side. In other words, half of America thinks Jurassic Park is non-fiction.
YouGov’s latest research shows that 41% of Americans think that dinosaurs and humans either ‘definitely’ (14%) or ‘probably’ (27%) once lived on the planet at the same time. 43% think that this is either ‘definitely’ (25%) or ‘probably’ (18%) not true while 16% aren’t sure. In reality the earliest ancestors of humans have only been on the planet for 6 million years, while the last dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago.
Not surprisingly, those who claimed to be born again Christians were far more likely to believe that people rode dinosaurs like horses.
While this is frightening, dinosaurs don’t exactly affect public policy. Other scientific issues do though. Another poll showed that while most Americans care about climate change, we care less about climate change than we do about ISIS, Iran and North Korea. It is also among the bottom of the lists of priorities in choosing who to vote for.
Being anti-science is a movement and that’s apparent in people’s views on vaccines. While the majority still believe that vaccines are extremely important, that number has gone down significantly since 2001. Fortunately, that’s another area where lawmakers are stepping up to the plate. For example in California, which has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, the state is making vaccines mandatory.
While these issues might seem unrelated, they are all representative of people’s ignorant views getting in the way of the greater good of society. It’s also a side effect of a free-market educational system, where people can pick and choose whether to have their children learn scientific facts or the Bible or anything in between. Yes, people (all people) hate government overreach, but in the case of stupidity like this, there is something called government under-reach.
Featured image via YouTube screen capture.