This is about yet another fake opinion poll by the Discovery Institute. We’ve written about a couple of others — see New “Poll” Supports the Discovery Institute, and also Discoveroids Poll on Teaching Intelligent Design.
None of these “polls” are conducted by an independent polling company, but by the Discovery Institute themselves, 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.
A thrilling report of the Discoveroids’ latest “poll” is presented at their creationist blog in For July 4 Weekend, Poll Shows Huge Support for Academic Freedom in Teaching, Research on Evolution. It has no author’s byline. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Though endangered on campuses, academic freedom couldn’t be more all-American. That includes the freedom of teachers, students, and scientists to speak out, debate, and weigh diverse, even critical scientific ideas about evolution. While demonized by the media, independence of thought on the ultimate question of biological origins finds support across the broadest spectrum of age, sex, political and religious perspectives.
Ah yes — what could be more all-American than the freedom to destroy young minds by teaching religious doctrines that are thinly-disguised as “science”? The Discoveroids tell us:
Indeed, Americans celebrate Independence Day this weekend, and right on time, a new nationwide survey reveals that fully 93 percent of American adults agree that “teachers and students should have the academic freedom to objectively discuss both the scientific strengths and weaknesses of the theory of evolution.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We’re written a few times about what the Discoveroids consider to be weaknesses of Darwin’s theory — see Discoveroids’ Top Ten Problems with Evolution. Let’s read on:
What’s more, 88 percent agree that “scientists who raise scientific criticisms of evolution should have the freedom to make their arguments without being subjected to censorship or discrimination.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! What would the poll results be if we asked whether “scientists” who argue that the Earth is flat should have the freedom to make their arguments without being subjected to censorship or discrimination?
Then we’re given a link to the Discoveroids’ presentation of the poll results. It’s an 8-page pdf file. You can see the — ahem! — unbiased introduction shown to the eager poll-takers, followed by the questions the Discoveroids themselves devised.
The post prattles on, but it doesn’t say anything else worth mentioning. We’d like to see the response of the SurveyMonkey audience regarding this question: Should science teachers in tax-supported schools be allowed to teach worthless, wacky, unevidenced nonsense to their students?
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