Most Americans Doubt Big Bang Theory: AP Poll
This graphic shows a timeline of the universe based on the Big Bang theory and inflation models.

A majority of adults in the United States are not convinced that the universe began with the Big Bang, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

  • Yes: Science is a process and it's only a matter of time before we see back to the birth of the universe.
  • Maybe: Modern technology has made giant leaps in cosmology, but major tech advances are still needed.
  • No: There are some things that humanity is just not meant to understand.
The poll found that 51 percent of respondents question the validity of the Big Bang theory, the AP reports. Although many scientists think that the Big Bang is the best explanation for how the universe became what it is today, only about 21 percent of the 1,012 adults surveyed were "extremely confident" or "very confident" that universe started with the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago.

"Science ignorance is pervasive in our society, and these attitudes are reinforced when some of our leaders are openly antagonistic to established facts," 2013 Nobel Prize in medicine winner Randy Schekman of the University of California, Berkeley told the AP. You can read the full story behind the poll and look at the survey itself directly via the Associated Press:

The AP-GfK survey rated the confidence individual respondents had in statements about medicine and science. Only four percent of responders do not think that smoking leads to cancer and 15 percent were unsure about the safety and effectiveness of childhood vaccines, the AP reported.

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