Monday, February 13, 2006

Ohio Poll: 3 to 1 Margin Supports Teaching the Controversy

This from the Evolution News blog:

By more than a 3-to-1 margin, Ohio residents strongly support public school teachers presenting both the evidence for evolution, as well as the evidence challenging the theory, according to a new poll by Zogby International released today.

“Ohioans want Darwin’s theory of evolution fully and completely presented, including the theory’s strengths and weaknesses,” said Robert Crowther, director of communications for Discovery Institute, which commissioned the Zogby poll. “The public is solidly behind the approach to teaching evolution that the Ohio state board of education has already adopted. Those attacking the school board for supporting teaching both the evidence for and against evolution don’t represent the views of the majority of Ohioans.”

Sixty-eight percent of respondents said they agreed with the following statement: Biology teachers should teach Darwin’s theory of evolution, but also the scientific evidence against it. Less than 20 percent supported the alternative statement: Biology teachers should teach only Darwin’s theory of evolution and the scientific evidence that supports it.


As of this posting, the link to the full report does not work without a password, but you can see a summary here.

1 Comments:

At February 13, 2006 2:21 PM, Blogger Red Reader said...

Questions:
--Why are we seeing such a poll?
--Why aren't weaknesses already taught along side strengths as a matter of course?
--Who on earth could possibly object to seeing both sides taught? And why?

And the general public in Ohio isn't even the strongest supporter of teaching both sides!

Recent polls in California and Texas showed support for teaching both strengths and weaknesses of Darwin's theory was 73.5% and 76% respectively.

A 2001 poll showed 71% across the country favors a critical analysis approach to teaching evolution.

(Source: http://www.evolutionnews.org/2006/02/overwhelming_support_in_ohio_f.html )

 

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