Inherit the Flatulence?
Here are the results of a new poll by Zogby measuring the public's views on Teaching the Controversy v. Darwinian Totalitarianism. The Evo News post is here. What I find most striking is the clear progression when looking at age demographics. Support for teaching the controversy is as follows:
18-24 // 83.9%
25-34 // 79.6%
35-54 // 70.5%
55-69 // 61.1%
70+ // 51.2%
This does not bode well for the future of Darwinian Totalitarianism.
My theory of why this is the case? I call those over 60 or so the "Inherit the Wind Generation." The mythology promulgated by that play and movie permeates that generation's thinking, and provides most of what it "knows" about the Scopes trial. Of course, Inherit the Wind is nothing close to an accurate portrayal of the actual Scopes trial, and the cultural dynamics have dramatically changed since 1925. However, the fact remains that at one point it was an incredibly powerful piece of propaganda.
Younger generations are not as familiar with the play or movie, and are more aware of the current efforts by some members of the scientific community and federal judiciary to stifle or crush (often by means of misrepresentation) any attempts to question Darwinian orthodoxy. They are also likely to have heard about some of the problems with macroevolutionary theory, and may be curious to know more.
I also got a good chuckle out of another tidbit: the education demographic where the Darwinistas do best is the group with less than a high school diploma.