Saturday, February 14, 2009

Robert Schlesinger Comments on Gallup Poll

Robert Schlesinger has a short column in U.S. News and World Report that has a link to some of the debates that have been held in the pages of the magazine. This says it all, though:

Less than 40 percent of Americans believe Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. Seriously?

I guess the upside is that the figure—39 percent—is a plurality of respondents in a new Gallup poll. Fully a quarter of Americans said that they reject evolution, while 36 percent say they don't have an opinion.

Again: Seriously? More than 1 in 3 Americans, asked about evolution, respond with a shrug? Maybe that's one where the science and faith sides of the issue can find common ground—come on, people.

As my coach from high school used to say: "Get With the Program!!"

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