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Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they have more skepticism than confidence in global warming, the age of the Earth and evolution and have the most trouble believing a Big Bang created the universe 13.8 billion years ago, an Associated Press-GfK poll found.Rather than quizzing them on scientific knowledge, the survey asked people to rate their confidence in several statements about science and medicine.Those results depress and upset some of the U.S.'s top scientists, including several Nobel Prize winners, who vouched for the science in the statements tested, calling them settled scientific facts.Political values were closely tied to views on science in the poll, with Democrats more apt than Republicans to express confidence in evolution, the Big Bang, the age of the Earth and climate change.Evolution, the age of the Earth and the Big Bang are all compatible with God, except to Bible literalists, said Francisco Ayala, a former priest and professor of biology, philosophy and logic at the University of California, Irvine.
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