Thursday, February 12, 2009

Eventually, the American Public Gets It

It usually takes a long time for Joe Six-pack (a term used endearingly) to wade through the media blitz to the truth, but eventually the American public gets it. This is true regarding global warming and Darwinism, as the following reports point out. What has been amazing to me is the speed at which the scales have fallen off Obama, as the corruption and ineptness of his appointees has become painfully obvious, and as the details of his pork-bill became understood.

Zogby Poll Shows Dramatic Jump in Number of Americans Who Favor Teaching Both Sides of Evolution February, 2009

Surprisingly Strong Support Seen Among Democrats and Liberals

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 among self-identified Democrats and liberals for academic freedom to discuss the “strengths and weaknesses” evolution.

Over 78% of likely voters agree with teaching both the evidence for and against Darwin’s theory, according to the new national poll.

“This represents a dramatic 9-point jump from 2006, when only 69% of respondents in a similar poll favored teaching both sides,” said Discovery Institute’s Dr. John West. “At the same time, the number of likely voters who support teaching only the evidence that favors evolution dropped 7 points from 21% in 2006 to 14.4% in 2009.

“We need to change Darwin Day to Academic Freedom Day because just when Darwinists are celebrating evolution’s triumph, this poll shows that they have been losing the public debate over whether students need to hear both sides,” added West. “There appears to be a public backlash against the strong-arm tactics being employed by many Darwinists to intimidate scientists, teachers, and students who want to raise criticisms of Darwin’s theory.”

The poll results also shatter some preconceptions about who supports letting students hear a balanced presentation on Darwinian evolution, with Democrats supporting teaching Darwinism’s “strengths and weaknesses” even more overwhelmingly than Republicans, at 82% and 73%, respectively.

Added West: “Media reports insinuate that a right-wing conspiracy of know nothings and religious extremists is afoot. But the Zogby poll reflects a very broad-based and well-informed constituency for academic freedom that includes liberals, moderates, independents, and people from every race and age group. The Darwin Lobby has really isolated itself from public opinion.”

Editorial Note: Thank you, Ben Stein; thank you, “Expelled”.
44% Say Global Warming Due To Planetary Trends, Not People

Monday, January 19, 2009 Rasmussen Reports (Excerpt)

“Al Gore’s side may be coming to power in Washington, but they appear to be losing the battle on the idea that humans are to blame for global warming .

Forty-four percent (44%) of U.S. voters now say long-term planetary trends are the cause of global warming, compared to 41% who blame it on human activity.

Seven percent (7%) attribute global warming to some other reason, and nine percent (9%) are unsure in a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Democrats blame global warming on human activity, compared to 21% percent of Republicans. Two-thirds of GOP voters (67%) see long-term planetary trends as the cause versus 23% of Democrats. Voters not affiliated with either party by eight points put the blame on planetary trends.

In July 2006, 46% of voters said global warming is caused primarily by human activities, while 35% said it is due to long-term planetary trends.

In April of last year, 47% of Americans blamed human activity versus 34% who viewed long-term planetary trends as the culprit. But the numbers have been moving in the direction of planetary trends since then.“

Editorial Note: When temperatures in Maine hit 50 below, it's hard to keep selling global warming.

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At 8:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The public's supposed lack of acceptance of evolution reflects only the fact that the average citizen is ignorant of the scientific method. If a majority of the public refused to accept Einstein's theory of relativity, would that make it any less valid?

At 9:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even though this is totally a lost cause on you because you are just in denial, I'll piggyback on anonymous comment but regarding global warming...We don't get to vote on this! And, it doesn't matter at all what anyone THINKS, it only matters what the facts are. - regardless of which side you are on. I've said before a freak cold day in Maine matters as much as the snow in London this year which matters as much as the 60 degree day in February yesterday and today in New England....NOT AT ALL.


At 9:34 AM, Blogger RussWilcox said...

Steve, It absolutely does matter what people believe, because as the facts become known, the political support for wasting money on this fruitless endeavor will disappear.

At 9:53 AM, Anonymous Joe said...

How long is it going to take for the folks to realize that almost every one of Obamas appointments came out of the Clinton Administration? Obama promised "Hope and Change," right?

If you change a light bulb, you get a new light.
If you change your tire, you get a new tire.
If you change your baby, you keep your baby, and
get a new diaper. So now you can apparently run for president, without knowing how to make change. Obama said, "You understand that in this election, the greatest risk that we can take, is to try the same old politics with the same old players, and expect a different result." "The
change doesn't come from Washington, it comes to
Washington." These were Obama's exact words. So
let's talk about his definition of "Change:"

Obama picked Leon Panetta to head the CIA, and Leon was Chief of Staff under Bill Clinton.
Raum Emanuel, Obama's Chief of Staff was a senior adviser, under Bill Clinton.
Robert Reich, one of Obama's economy gurus, was
Secretary of Labor, under Bill Clinton.
Eric Holder Obama's pick for Attorney General, was
Deputy Attorney General under Bill Clinton.
Carol Browner, Obama's Global Warming guru, ran
the EPA under Bill Clinton.
Susan Rice, Obama's pick for the UN, was an Assistant Secretary of
State, under Bill Clinton. Ironically, one
person who didn't have any official position in the Clinton Administration, is Obama's pick for Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. I can't wait to see what "Hope" means.

At 10:56 AM, Blogger RussWilcox said...

To the Anonomous commenter who wrote the insulting comment about ignorant people, would you also brand as ignorant the eminent scientist and former atheist, Dr. Francis Collins, who won the President's Medal of Freedom for his work leading the team that mapped the human genome? Dr. Collins said that in viewing the DNA code he was looking into the mind of God, and then he wrote a book whose theme was that evolution is God's plan. Once a Darwinist refers to God's plan, he is no longer a Darwinist.


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