Wednesday, June 07, 2006


Spinning Data into ID Gold

In a post published on the Discovery Institute's Evolution News and Views blog Johnathan Witt reports the results of a national survey of 1,472 physicians conducted by the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Social and Religious Research at The Jewish Theological Seminary this way:
... the response to question seven of a recent poll by the decidedly non-evangelical Finkelstein Institute found that 32% of Jewish doctors, 78% of Catholic doctors, 54% of Hindu doctors, 43% of Buddhist doctors, and 48% of doctors who characterized themselves as "Spiritual but no organized religion" favored an explanation for human origins that involved intelligent design over the Darwinian model of evolution without intelligent guidance. The poll merely confirms what most people consider obvious, a truth the mandarins of political correctness on the left have assiduously denied—highly educated people across the political and religious spectrum, from the Enlightenment to the present, see strong evidence for intelligent design in the natural world.

However, those who actually read the poll data will find that when physicians were asked, "Do you agree more with evolution or more with intelligent design?" Overall 63 percent answered evolution. Here's the complete breakdown by religious affiliation of those who answered that they agree more with evolution than intelligent design:

RSR believes that highly educated people across the political and religious spectrum can read poll data -- no matter how furiously the mandarins of intelligent design spin it.


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