Chris Mooney has a very interesting article about the dubious techniques used by creationists to make it appear that there is strong public support for teaching creationism in schools alongside scientific theories. My favourite was this question:
Texas law requires students to analyze, review, and critique scientific explanations, including hypotheses and theories, as to their strengths and weaknesses using scientific evidence and information. Should the state board of education apply this standard to how evolution is presented in textbooks?
People who agree with that are apparently agreeing that “intelligent design” should be taught beside evolution. I bet you’d get less support if you asked:
Should religion be taught in science classes in schools or should such teaching be left to the churches?
I can add an anecdote to this: A couple of years ago I was visiting my parents and there was a lively disscusion about how certain things had evolved. My brother’s girlfriend listened with rapt attention. When we were finished she spoke up: “Wow! That was amazing! They never taught me that stuff in school.” Turns out that she had gone to an Adventist high school and they had never taught her about evolution. I don’t know how the school pulled this off—presumably evolution was in their syllabus so they could get government funding. My guess is that they just skipped over that bit.