Tim Blair writes:
Michael Gawenda, The Age’s man in Washington, reports:
The majority of Americans believe in creationism rather than evolution.
And I bet Gawenda can’t name a single one of them. Also, his data may be a little astray; according to this round-up of polling on the issue, creationism—although widely supported—is yet to reach majority-belief levels.
The round-up of polling reports that about 45% of Americans that God created humans pretty much in their present form at some time in the last 10,000 years. But this is just the number who believe in Young-Earth Creationism, which is only one flavour of Creationism. A CBS News Poll conducted in November 2004 found that 55% of Americans believed that God created humans in their present form, 27% believed that humans evolved with God guiding the process and just 13% believed that humans evolved without divine guidance. And I don’t think that Gawenda would find it difficult to name an American who doesn’t believe in evolution because I’m pretty sure that Gawenda has heard of one George W Bush. Furthermore, Gawenda’s point was that this was a major difference between Australians and Americans and Australian polling data supports him, with just 28% of Australians opting for the religious explanation for the origins of life.
Gawenda’s assertion puts him in the same dumb club as John Quiggin: “The great majority of climate change sceptics, globally speaking, are also creationists”.
Blair doesn’t offer any reason why Quiggin’s claim might be false. Apparently he thinks that calling Quiggin dumb is enough to refute him.