EHK for Darwin, on May 1 2009, 14.41, said:
For most of them 'No opinion' likely means 'I don't know' or 'I'm not sure', which is still fricken bad.
They shouldn't have. That option fucks up more polls then you can count. Its not appropriate in this case. You're obviously gonna lean more one way then the other. But even if they did want a 3rd option, that option should have been 'unsure/Don't know', cause everyone has a damned opinion on it, even if its a weak one.
I 100% agree with you, but Gallup seemed to think it was a valid answer, and thus included it. If they really
wanted to be accurate, they would increase the number of choices to:
 I believe in evolution due to scientific evidence and I am not religious ( NR )
 I believe in evolution due to scientific evidence and I am religious ( R )
 I don't know much about the scientific evidence, but I believe in evolution ( NR )
 I don't know much about the scientific evidence, but I believe in evolution ( R )
 I'm skeptical about evolution, but not for religious reasons
 I'm skeptical about evolution for religious reasons
That's about the only way to really
get an accurate assessment of how America stands. Until then, any speculation on the reasons for peoples answers is just that, speculation. And no matter how much you think
you know, you don't really know 100% why people picked what they did. The options are way too open ended.
Is it heavy handed when its 110% deserved and appropriate? And really, what other obstacle to a belief in evolution is there for the vast majority of the population? Religion is absolutely the culprit.
it's not going to appear heavy handed or unjustified to you
, and we've discussed this before without your opinion being swayed. That is just supporting what I've said. And no matter what we really say here or try to point out, you are not the type of person who will give in easily, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. But when it comes to religion, you are
the type to use a chainsaw, when a scalpel would yield the best results.
[Edit] ® was supposed to be ( R ), to denote religious.
Edited by CiaranAnnrach, 01 May 2009 - 03:02 PM.