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1 in 4 Americans Unaware Earth Circles Sun, Says Poll

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A shocking poll released today found that one in four Americans are unaware that the Earth revolves around the Sun.

The poll, conducted by the National Science Foundation, surveyed more than 2,200 people, notes AFP.

Only 74 percent knew that the Earth revolved around the Sun, according to the results released at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago.

The survey included ten questions about science, which Americans scored a 6.5 on average.

Less than half Americans know or believe that human beings evolved from an earlier species of animals, also known as evolution.

CNET reports that only 33 percent of Americans said science should get more funding from the government.

In 2013, The New York Times reported that 40 percent of Americans did not know that Obamacare was actually a law (since 2010).

Newsweek reported in 2011 that 29 percent of Americans couldn’t name the vice president, 73 percent didn't know why the U.S. fought the Cold War and 44 percent were unable to define the Bill of Rights.

Sources: AFP, CNET, The New York Times, Newsweek


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