Some new polling data on the lack of acceptance of evolution.
An Ipsos/Mori poll in the UK shows that only 33% of the American public thinks that “scientific evidence for evolution exists”. This compares with 51% in Britain and 8% in Egypt. While the poll considered additional countries, I’ve tabulated results for Britain, the US and Eqypt (as a representative Muslim country) The full dataset is available online.
Draw you own conclusions. I will note that if you take the Zogby result that 51% believe in guided “development of life” and the result that 53% hold that you can believe in evolution and God, it probably means that a large proportion of the 51% (and thus the American public) are in fact theistic evolutionists, a group that is anathema to ID proponents. Let’s just remind ourselves of some statements by ID supporters:
- “Design theorists are no friends of theistic evolution.” William Dembski (1995)
- “Theistic evolution is exactly the same thing as atheistic evolution only with some meaningless, vacuous God-talk spread around. It’s not really an intellectually honest position at all; it’s a kind of political compromise.” Phillip E. Johnson (2001)
- “Liberal Christians are worse than atheists because they hide their naturalism behind a veneer of religion.” Johnson (2001)
And that’s only a sampling. I think it is fair to say that the 51% include a fair number of people that would not actually support the Discovery Institutes position.