Teaching Evolution

A blog devoted to teaching evolution, both in our schools and in our communities.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Depressing Poll Results from Gallup

This week's Gallup briefing (I think you have to pay to see it online, so I'm not bothering to link) is depressing. Only 22 percent of Americans say they would be upset if their schools taught children that human beings were created by God in their current form and did not evolve.

It's fascinating, though, to break it down by education level. Among people with a high school education or less, 37 percent would be upset if evolution were taught and 10 percent would be upset if creation were taught. But the trend lines go in just the direction you'd expect, and among those with graduate degrees, 17 percent would be upset if evolution were taught and 35 percent would be upset if creation were taught. Gallup's bottom line:
The percentage of Americans who actively want creation, not evolution, to be taught in schools may seem relatively modest at 30%, but this number is significantly larger than the percentage who actively want evolution to be taught over creation.

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