We recently wrote A “Poll” on Discovery Institute vs. Methodists, in which we reported about a poll conducted by the Discovery Institute, using the audience provided by SurveyMonkey (Wikipedia article).
At the SurveyMonkey website, they tell us: “We’ve got millions of real people in our survey panel ready to tell you what they think.” In other words, although most people hang up when a polling outfit calls, SurveyMonkey has a population they’ve already selected that wants to be polled, and are eager to sound off on whatever is presented to them. Also, it seems that if you want to make a survey of this audience, you can write your own questions.
The Discoveroids think they got some propaganda value out of their poll on the Methodists’ ban of intelligent design, so now they’ve conducted another poll. They just posted about it at their creationist blog: For Darwin’s Birthday, Poll Shows Broad Support for Teaching Evidence For and Against Darwin’s Theory. It has no author’s byline. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Just in time for Charles Darwin’s birthday on February 12, a new nationwide survey reveals that 81 percent of American adults believe that “when teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution, biology teachers should cover both scientific evidence that supports the theory and scientific evidence critical of the theory.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That’s how the Discoveroids worded the poll question? It assumes that there actually is “scientific evidence” critical of evolution. It’s not surprising that 81% of those who responded felt that such evidence shouldn’t be suppressed.
Okay, we know up front how to evaluate the merits of this “poll,” so lets see what else the Discoveroids have to tell us about it:
Only 19 percent of Americans believe that “biology teachers should cover only scientific evidence that supports the theory.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! A more objectively-worded question would be whether biology teachers should cover only scientific evidence — period — without the built-in implication that some evidence is being suppressed. Let’s read on:
“Americans agree by an overwhelming margin that students should learn about all of the scientific evidence relating to Darwinian evolution, pro and con,” said Dr. John West, Vice President of Discovery Institute. “This is a common-sense approach. Most people understand that it’s not good education to present a one-sided review of the data, especially in science.”
This is one of those rare occasions when your Curmudgeon agrees with Westie. If there were verifiable data that supports the existence and activities of the intelligent designer — blessed be he! — such data certainly should be taught. The Discoveroid article continues:
“There is growing peer-reviewed research that questions the adequacy of the Darwinian mechanism of random mutation and natural selection,” added Discovery Institute biologist Ann Gauger.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Ann Gauger (a/k/a “Annie Green Screen”), is Casey’s replacement in the blogging department. Annie was previously toiling in obscurity at the Discoveroids’ clandestine creationist research facility, Biologic Institute, but her work there was apparently deemed less important than pumping out propaganda.
Then they give some details about the poll results, but there’s no link to the actual poll results. Here’s one last excerpt:
The poll was conducted by Discovery Institute using SurveyMonkey Audience, which randomly sampled the adult members of its nationally representative panel of more than 6 million U.S. residents. Survey responses were collected from January 5-9, 2016, and the survey included 2,117 completed responses for this question.
A substantial response! Are you impressed, dear reader? That doesn’t matter. The only important consumers of this “information” are the generous patrons of the Discovery Institute, and we imagine that they’re thrilled with the results.
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