Supporters of the DUP at the annual party conference at La Mon House
BY LIAM CLARKE – 25 NOVEMBER 2013
Some 40% of DUP activists believe that creationism should be taught in science classes, a Belfast Telegraph survey has found.
The survey, carried out at the DUP’s annual conference, shows a party where the religious right still exercises more influence than in the general population, but where opinion may be broadening.
We surveyed 50 party members, out of just under 300, at the first day of conference at La Mon Hotel on the outskirts of Belfast.
Creationism is the belief that the world, animals and plants were created “by a supernatural being less than 10,000 years ago”.
Mainstream science holds that the earth is four and a half billion years old and that life evolved from one-celled organisms.
Some 50% of DUP respondents believed creationism shouldn’t be taught in science class, with 10% not knowing and 40% believing it should be there as well as, or instead of, mainstream science.
This may represent a softening of support for controversial creationism within DUP ranks.