By: Jack Koenig, Executive Director
A poll conducted by/for the Federation of American Societies For Experimental Biology (FASEB) claims a dramatic shift in the creation/evolution debate. According to their report,” 61% of Americans believe in evolution!
Since this represented an incredible shift from recent Gallup polls showing 13% of Americans accepted evolution without guidance and 38% accepted evolution with guidance, the Expert Source Bureau questioned how such a “sea change” could occur in such a short period of time.
The FASEB poll was based on a national survey of 1000 likely voters, which in itself violated one of the basic tenets for a valid survey: inclusiveness. By confining the poll to “likely voters,” approximately 36% of the population was immediately excluded from participation. Such machinations run counter to generally accepted polling practices╣ and bring into question the poll’s very integrity.
The 1000 “Likely Voters” were divided into two equal groups of 500, “Group A” and “Group B.” Each group was then given a qualifying question, effectively eliminating anyone not agreeing with some form of evolution. This action also violated one of the basic rules for a valid poll: maintaining the integrity of the initial population╣.
Group A Summary:
Group B1 from above:
The bottom line is those agreeing with the natural evolution position is not 61% as the FASEB reported, but rather 19.5%. This is slightly less than 1/3rd of the numbers claimed in the FASEB’s headline.
Surprised by the deceitfulness of this poll?
Probably not if you’ve been listening to the skewed information surrounding the global warming debate. Although one might consider this simply another “advocacy poll” promoting a given position, it is so off the wall it’s an embarrassment to the polling industry. It’s also a classic example of the old adage “figures lie and liars figure.” Perhaps the poll’s authors wanted to demonstrate their own version of “natural selection” by eliminating those not supporting their myopic views.
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