Harris poll on evolution, etc.

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I don't intend to blog primarily about evolution, etc. But this poll is too interesting not to point out, no matter what your views are on the topic. Here are a couple of interesting bits:

...a new national survey shows that almost two-thirds of U.S. adults (64%) agree with the basic tenet of creationism, that "human beings were created directly by God."

At the same time, approximately one-fifth (22%) of adults believe "human beings evolved from earlier species" (evolution) and 10 percent subscribe to the theory that "human beings are so complex that they required a powerful force or intelligent being to help create them" (intelligent design). Moreover, a majority (55%) believe that all three of these theories should be taught in public schools, while 23 percent support teaching creationism only, 12 percent evolution only, and four percent intelligent design only.

This part is also interesting:

Yes, I think human beings developed from earlier species: 44% (1994); 38% (2005) No, I do not think human beings developed from earlier species: 46% (1994); 54% (2005) Not sure/Decline to answer: 11% (1994); 8% (2005)

They say the error bars are plus or minus 3%, so the change is mildly significant.

Check out the whole thing. And keep your eye open to see if you start seeing doomsday predictions for science education in America based on this apparent trend. (Yes, I know two data points don't make a trend. But I suspect that won't stop some people.)

For related polls, see the "Origins of human life" section on this page. The results from this poll don't seem too far out of line from other polls.

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