This is precisely why I will now keep my arguments and opinions to myself, and save myself my breath. Arguing this point further is about as effective as punching a mountain in the hopes it'll move for you. Good luck to anyone else who wants to pick up the torch.
Except that my opposition to religion is entirely based on reason. And there is no problem with my reasoning in this instance. Whether people would be in the 'Yes or not sure' category on relativity isn't terribly important. There is no massive, kneejerk, religiously fueled opposition to relativity anywhere in America. No kid reading about it for the first time in a textbook will have a built in blockade to further study or interest. Scientists won't have to waste time and resources debunking ignorant & fraudulent nonsense related to it. They won't face the threat of ideologically/theologically based barriers to research grants and funding in the field, whether government or private. There is no massive anti-relativity agenda to contend with. The expansion of human knowledge in that field is not hurt by any major artificial societal factors over which there's much disagreement. (aka, everyone agrees we need better schools and that we're slacking in science education.)
Also, I don't think you'd get the same breakdown (no's to the unsure's) in a relativity poll largely because people don't have a major cultural influence that infiltrates every aspect of society telling them to believe otherwise. Whether people have a sophisticated understanding of relativity or not, quite simply they have no reason to say no and not much reason to say maybe/don't know. In the absence of such a blockade, I suspect most people just shrug and say 'sure'.
Edited by EHK for Darwin, 01 May 2009 - 04:36 PM.