If you’re baffled by why GOP 2016 hopefuls are scared to give an opinion on evolution, the reason is fairly simple: a good chunk of their base believes the earth is 10,000 years old, and they need those people to show up to the voting booths.
This type of ideology is not a rare phenomenon. A new Public Policy Poll has revealed that a whopping 49% of Republicans don’t believe in evolution.
The study conducted by Public Policy Polling also found that 37% said they do believe in evolution, while a remaining 13% said they were “not sure.”
The point … is that Republicans are being driven to identify in all ways with their tribe – and the tribal belief system is dominated by anti-science fundamentalists. For some time now it has been impossible to be a good Republicans while believing in the reality of climate change; now it’s impossible to be a good Republican while believing in evolution.