Thursday, June 19, 2008


Questioning Questionnaires

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology has released a new and frankly heartening survey that found, among other things, that among likely American voters:

  • 61% accepted that "all living things" have evolved over time and 36% of those who accepted evolution thought that all living things "evolved due to natural processes such as natural selection," and 25% thought "a supreme being guided the evolution.
When a different question was put to another group:

  • 53% accepted that "humans and other living things" evolved and of those accepting evolution, 32% accepted that humans and other living things evolved through natural processes and 21% thought they had evolved with guidance.
This survey found weaker support for creationism than previous surveys:

  • 28% and 31% respectively agreed with statements that "all living things" or "humans and other living things" were created in their present form, while 16% percent of respondents who were asked about the evolution of "humans and other living things" and 11% of those asked about the evolution of "all living things" did not know or would not disclose their views.
Those "don't know/won't answer" numbers seem high but, assuming that they all eventually prove accurate, it is a nice change from the steady-state that creationism has held over the last 40 years or more.

Linky, please?
Sorry. I was working late last night and the brain thingie wasn't working too well by the time I was ready to post that.
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