Survey: Third of millennials aren’t sure Earth is round

Survey: Third of millennials aren’t sure Earth is round

[Ed. – Granted, this is an online survey, with method standards a bit different from polling and contact surveys.  But one thing online surveys do is reach the media-engaged.  So it’s remarkable to see that people who fall into that demographic include so many with doubts about the essential nature of planet Earth.]

A new survey has found that a third of young millennials in the U.S. aren’t convinced the Earth is actually round. The national poll reveals that 18 to 24-year-olds are the largest group in the country who refuse to accept the scientific facts of the world’s shape.

YouGov, a British market research firm, polled 8,215 adults in the United States to find out if they ever believed in the “flat Earth” movement. Only 66 percent of young millennials answered that they “always believe the world is round.” Science teachers across the U.S. will be shaking their heads after learning that nine percent of young adults answered that they have “always believed” the planet was flat. …

Seventy-six percent of adults age 25-34 say they’ve always believed the Earth is round, compared to 82 percent of ages 35-44, 85 percent of ages 45-54, and 94 percent of adults 55 and over.

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