Chiming in as Metabunk's local friendly pet millenial, I highly doubt this. Most millenials I know are more interested in poking not-so-gentle fun at the flat earth community than they are in actually believing it.
Probably seven or eight, depending on the definition of 'very religious'. Most millenials I know who would believe in this are more the type to disbelieve anything and everything that the mainstream media/science would tell them, and are more the new age/spiritual type rather than Christian. I know a handful of millenials who believe everything sites like Natural News tell them, who are into chemtrails, the anti-vax movement, false flags, alternative health, anything that isn't "what 'they' want you to think". Of those who question everything mainstream, not a single one of them questions the shape of the earth that I can see. If they do, it's the only conspiracy they are not extremely vocal about.How many very religious christian millennials do you know?
That's my hunch, yeah. I see a lot of headlines about millenials that are sensationalized (i.e. 'Millenials eat Tide Pods'--that was a meme that then turned into a few viral videos, people made fun of said viral videos and headlines went wild) and think that this is one of them.So you think they were just having a bit of fun with the survey?
I do when I take those survey things. Plus I lie about my age*, because at my age whenever I finish the survey they tell me I don't fit any of their marketing criteria so I don't get the rewards. it's annoying. So yea I'm always 22 or so because it seems that is the consumer target.It's similar to any number of sites that reward people for mindlessly answering surveys, and I could definitely see enough millenials fooling around with it that the results are skewed
What we do see in the poll, though, is a steady and consistent trend towards globe earth belief being stronger the older the respondent, and doubt in the globe earth being weaker. If we assume that the millenials were 'messing about', they would be bucking this trend. And if we assume a percentage of them were, we may as well assume a percentage of the other groups were too - which may mean less people overall think the earth is/may be flat, but wouldn't alter that millennials would be the most likely to think this.That's my hunch, yeah. I see a lot of headlines about millennials that are sensationalized (i.e. 'Millennials eat Tide Pods'--that was a meme that then turned into a few viral videos, people made fun of said viral videos and headlines went wild) and think that this is one of them.
I agree this is likely the strongest factor. "It's hip to be different".Though, as Hevach points out, it's also much more likely that younger people are affected by fads.
https://today.yougov.com/news/2018/04/02/most-flat-earthers-consider-themselves-religious/no it's not. I'm talking about the numbers breakdown.
thanks but I was looking for the breakdown. you know, the "n=" for each category.https://today.yougov.com/news/2018/04/02/most-flat-earthers-consider-themselves-religious/
That YouGov page behaves oddly. The poll was on Feb 6, buy yesterday it said it was a live poll.
The current page seems to have degraded somewhat. Maybe a bug. Older version of the page have a percentage breakdownthanks but I was looking for the breakdown. you know, the "n=" for each category.
thanks I was just now looking up what 'weighted' is. and a bit about the 'margin of error debate'. (not that I doubt the general results, I just like looking at exact numbers)So they multiply the results by variosu number to try to correct for this. Like if 90% of the respondents were under the age of 35, but only 45% of the US population is, then they reduce the "weight" of that 90%
The breakdown is there on the current page also; need to click the tabs beneath the table.The current page seems to have degraded somewhat. Maybe a bug. Older versions of the page have a percentage breakdown.
The breakdown is there on the current page also; need to click the tabs beneath the table.
As for figures, if the over-18 population of the US is about 245 million, the 2% who state a full belief in flat earth represents around 5 million people - which seems ridiculously high.
that's what I'm looking for.Anyone have the link to the "live poll" (rather than the "very religious" page)?
At the very least, I'd want to see percentages to one decimal place; the actual figures; and some indication of the confidence level.
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