Almost 20% acknowledge evolution without the need for God’s actions, the highest ever. But 38% still think the world is 10,000 years old. They are using a model of reality that simply is not supported by any facts.
It is nice to see that the acknowledgment of the best model to explain how life on Earth developed is at an all time high. Sad to see that so many refuse to acknowledge facts about the world around us.
Things like tree rings that take us back more than 10,000 years. Or varve deposits in lakes. Or layers of ice in glaciers. Jericho may be the oldest continually inhabited city, having arisen more than 10,000 years ago.
Following such faulty models indicates that some people would rather follow fantasy than reality. A society can be heavily damaged if such a large plurality of its population makes judgements based on such incorrect models.
We still have much work to do.