Marco Rubio 2016: Leading GOP Contender Does Not Believe in Evolution

Marc Rubio joins a list of Republicans who don’t “know” how old the Earth is, despite the fact that some might call it a “scientific fact.” But, the reality is that in America today, there's a large bloc that generally agree. Rubio's comments are nothing to be surprised about, unless you're a liberal.

Politicians have long represented the views of the electorate. According to a recent Gallup poll, 46% of Americans believe in creationism, and whether it's Rubio or another Republican, politicians are forced to voice opinions in line with the people they need to get elected.

“Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to answer that,” Rubio told GQ in an interview. “It’s one of the great mysteries.” 

Other politicians that are in the same boat include Rick Perry. He claimed he “he didn’t have any idea” how old the Earth is on the campaign trail. “I know it’s pretty old,” he said, “I’m not sure anybody actually knows completely and absolutely how old the Earth is.”


Another politician that deserves an honorable mention for his recent statements about creationism is Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), who said, "All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the big bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell." It's heartening to know that he's actually a doctor.

It's strange to think that on a question like "how old is the Earth?" we still can't agree, after all these years. It just goes to show, there are "two Americas" when it comes to a lot of things.

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Michael McCutcheon

Michael was formerly special projects editor at Mic. Prior to that, he worked at the Open Society Foundations on electoral reform. A native Seattleite, he's still mad about the SuperSonics.

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