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An Overwhelming Consensus

Public opinion surveys show that an overwhelming 93% of Americans believe that “teachers and students should have the academic freedom to objectively discuss both the scientific strengths and weaknesses of the theory of evolution.” This belief is shared by independents, Democrats, and Republicans; by men and women; and by people regardless of age, ideology, or race and ethnicity. This is a common ground approach supported by the vast majority of people in your community.

2016 Poll: Public Opinion on Scientific Dissent

As Americans celebrate their country’s freedom this holiday weekend, a new nationwide survey has been released revealing that an overwhelming 93% 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.” And 88% agree that “scientists who raise scientific criticisms of evolution should have the freedom to make their arguments without being subjected to censorship or discrimination.”  Read More ›

Public Opinion on Teaching Both Evidence For and Against Darwinism

In a nationwide survey, 81% of American adults believe that “biology teachers should cover both scientific evidence that supports the theory and scientific evidence critical of the theory” of evolution.  Read More ›

Zogby Polls on Teaching Evolution, Summary from 2001 to 2009

Zogby Poll: Most Americans Want Strengths and Weaknesses of Darwinism Taught In Schools

A Zogby poll commissioned by the Seattle-based Discovery Institute says more than three-quarters of Americans would like teachers to have the freedom to discuss both the strengths and weaknesses of Darwinian evolution, with an even higher number reported among Democrats.

On Darwin’s 200th Birthday, Zogby Poll Shows Dramatic Jump in Americans Who Favor Teaching Both Sides of Evolution

Austin, TX | A new Zogby poll on the eve of Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday shows a dramatic rise in the number of Americans who agree that when biology teachers teach the scientific evidence for Darwin’s theory of evolution, they also should teach the scientific evidence against it. Surprisingly, the poll also shows overwhelming support […]

In Zogby Poll, 69% Favor Teaching Evidence for and Against Darwin’s Theory

Seattle, WA | A new nationwide poll by Zogby International shows that 69 percent of Americans support public school teachers presenting both the evidence for Darwinian evolution, as well as the evidence against it. “This poll shows widespread support for the idea that when biology teachers teach Darwin’s theory of evolution they should present the scientific evidence […]

Is Science Democratic?

A recent Zogby International poll found that 65 percent of Ohioans believe “Biology teachers should teach Darwin’s theory of evolution, but also the scientific evidence against it.” Only 19 percent favored biology teachers teaching just Darwin’s theory and only that evidence which supports it.

In Zogby Poll, 71% Say Teaching on Darwin’s Theory Should Include Counter Evidence

More than seven in ten (71%) respondents believe Darwin’s theory of evolution should be taught, but such instruction should include evidence against the theory. Fourteen percent are not sure. Those who feel that the scientific evidence that goes against Darwin’s theory should be taught include 78% each of Republicans, residents of the West, and parents of children under 17. Most 18-29 year-olds (80%) also agree that teachers should include the evidence against it.  Read More ›