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Zogby Polls on Teaching Evolution, Summary from 2001 to 2009

2009: Zogby International Poll, Likely Voters

Question

Which of the following two statements come closest to your own opinion?
  • 14% | Biology teachers should teach only Darwin’s theory of evolution and the scientific evidence that supports it.
  • 78% | Biology teachers should teach Darwin’s theory of evolution, but also the scientific evidence against it.
  • 7% | Neither/Not Sure:

Question

Would you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree that teachers and students should have the academic freedom to discuss both the strengths and weaknesses of evolution as a scientific theory?
  • Total Agree: 80%
  • Total Disagree: 16%
  • Neither/Not Sure: 4%
National random sample of 1,053 American likely voters. Poll conducted by Zogby International from January 29-January 31, 2009.  Margin of error is +/- 3.1%.

2006: Zogby International Poll, Likely Voters

QUESTION: Which of the following two statements come closest to your own opinion?
Biology teachers should teach only Darwin’s theory of evolution and the scientific evidence that supports it. 21%
Biology teachers should teach Darwin’s theory of evolution, but also the scientific evidence against it. 69%
Neither/Not Sure 10%
National random sample of 1,004 American likely voters. Poll conducted by Zogby International from February 27-March 3, 2006.  Margin of error is +/- 3.2%.  
  Zogby International Poll, Ohio Adults (2006)
QUESTION: Which of the following two statements come closest to your own opinion?
Biology teachers should teach only Darwin’s theory of evolution and the scientific evidence that supports it. 19%
Biology teachers should teach Darwin’s theory of evolution, but also the scientific evidence against it. 68.8%
Neither/Not Sure 12%
  Random sample of 601 Ohio adults. Conducted by Zogby International on February 2, 2006 – February 3, 2006. Margin of error is +/- 4.1%.   Steinberg Poll, Recent California Voters (2004)
QUESTION: Which statement comes closest to your view about what biology teachers in public schools should teach about Darwin’s theory of evolution?
Teach Only the Scientific Evidence FOR IT 16.5%
Teach The Scientific Evidence For AND Against IT 73.5%
Other/Unsure 10%
  Random sample of 551 voters from California voters living in a household in which at least one voter voted in the November 2002 general election for governor and the October 2003 special election for governor. Conducted by Arnold Steinberg and Associates from March 8-18, 2004. The margin of error for the survey is +/- 4%.   Zogby International Poll, Texas Adults (2003)
QUESTION: Which of the following two statements come closest to your own opinion?
Biology teachers should teach only Darwin’s theory of evolution and the scientific evidence that supports it. 18%
Biology teachers should teach Darwin’s theory of evolution, but also the scientific evidence against it. 76%
Neither/Not Sure 6%
  Random sample of 601 Texas adults. Conducted by Zogby International from Aug. 25-Aug. 27, 2003. Margin of error is +/- 4.1%.