Friday, November 18, 2005

Most Americans want evolution taught in school:

Fri Nov 18, 2:45 PM ET

Most Americans want the theory of evolution taught in schools even if they believe in the biblical interpretation that God created the earth in six days, a new poll said.

Half of those surveyed said President George W. Bush was right to suggest that "intelligent design" -- the notion that God played a role in evolution -- be taught alongside Charles's Darwin's theory in public schools while 37 percent thought he was wrong to do so.

The poll highlighted the divide in the deep debate in the United States on whether creationism should be taught in public schools.

The Scripps Howard/Ohio University poll found that 69 percent agreed that "evolution is what most scientists believe, so it should be taught in public science classes." Twenty percent said they believe "scientists are wrong, so evolution should not be taught" while 11 percent suggested teaching both views or were undecided.

Just 23 percent of those surveyed said "humans evolved from other animal species through natural selection" while 54 percent said they believe "God created the universe and humans in a six-day period," Seventeen percent said "God caused humans to evolve from other species." Six percent were undecided, the Cincinnati Post, a Scripps Howard paper, reported.

Political ideology, religion and education had strong influences on whether Americans believe in evolution or a literal interpretation of Genesis, the survey found.

Catholics were less likely than Protestants to believe in creationism while born-again Christians are the most likely to believe so.

The sharpest divide was found among those with differing political ideologies: 74 percent of those who described themselves as "very conservative" interpret Genesis literally while just 22 percent of "very liberal" respondents did so.

The survey of 1,009 adults was conducted by telephone from October 9-23 by the Scripps Survey Research Center at Ohio University. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

Well, Duh.......-


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