The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground. —THOMAS JEFFERSON, 1788

26% of Americans don’t know the Earth revolves around the sun

sun rising above earth

Ever wonder how we wind up with career criminals and scam artists in elected office year after year? Why yes, it’s because of a Mental Recession. Case in point…

Via Eurekalert:

While most Americans could be a bit more knowledgeable in the ways of science, a majority are interested in hearing about the latest scientific breakthroughs and think highly of scientists.

This is according to a survey of more than 2,200 people conducted by the National Science Foundation, one that is conducted every two years and is part of a report – Science and Engineering Indicators – that the National Science Board provides to the president and Congress.

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Unfortunately, Americans still have a tough time answering some basic science questions. Out of a total of nine questions that covered the physical and biological sciences, the average score was 6.5 correct answers.

For example, only 74 percent of those queried knew that the Earth revolved around the sun, while fewer than half (48 percent) knew that human beings developed from earlier species of animals.

So with 1 in 4 Americans apparently unaware that the Earth revolves around the sun, we’d thought it would be fun to find other polls with similar numbers.

For instance:

26% of Obama voters (aka, the “party of science”) find the Tea Party to be a significant terror threat.

27% of Americans believe President Obama’s economic policies have helped the economy.

28% think the economy is getting better.

23% believe Obama’s use of Executive Orders is how “our government is supposed to work.”

Explains quite a bit, doesn’t it?

Cross-posted at the Mental Recession

Rusty Weiss is editor of the Mental Recession, one of the top conservative blogs of 2012. His writings have appeared at the Daily Caller, American Thinker, FoxNews.com, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record.

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  • J.e. Dyer

    It does, doesn’t it? I think the joke is on the left on this one. It’s their constituents who don’t know the basic physical facts of our solar system. And that seems to be working out well for Democratic politicians. They don’t really want to see the situation corrected.

  • Xavier

    How many people know that 23% is a consensus?