Americans Agree With Darwin… Evolution Should Be Scrutinized

February 14th, 2009 by

A recent Zogby Poll asked people their thoughts on teaching evolution in schools, below are the results of some key questions:

4. Would you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree that teachers and students should have the academic freedom to discuss both the strengths and weaknesses of evolution as a scientific theory?

Strongly agree 54% Agree 80%
Somewhat agree 26
Somewhat disagree 6 Disagree 17
Strongly disagree 11
Not sure 4

5. Charles Darwin wrote that when considering the evidence for his theory of evolution, “…a fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.” Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree with Darwin’s statement?

Strongly agree 45% Agree 76%
Somewhat agree 31
Somewhat disagree 6 Disagree 18
Strongly disagree 12
Not sure 5

6. I am going to read you two statements about Biology teachers teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution. Please tell me which statement comes closest to your own point of view—Statement A or Statement B?

Statement A: Biology teachers should teach only Darwin’s theory of evolution and the
scientific evidence that supports it.

Statement B: Biology teachers should teach Darwin’s theory of evolution, but also the scientific evidence against it.

Statement A 14%
Statement B 78
Neither 5
Other/Not sure 2

Whether or not you believe macro-evolution occurred and was the driving force in bringing about man, there is no intellectually responsible reason for withholding scientifically valid data regarding such an important question. The American public understands this, why doesn’t the teaching establishment? Darwin was right… “…a fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.”



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