Earlier, I reported a poll indicating that “one third of British Teachers” support teaching creationism in the classroom. I thought this was vaguely interesting, which is why I mentioned it briefly on this blog, but I put the idea of pursuing this off for a later time.
Well, I have subsequently looked into it a little more and discovered that the poll is bogus. All of the links trace back to an entity known as “teacher’s tv” and it is claimed that this entity conducted the poll. The only information provided by “teacher’s tv” about this poll is a news item that looks kinda like a blog post which gives enough information for us to ascertain that this poll should be ignored.
The poll consisted of sending out 1,200 emails to primary and secondary school ‘teachers’ … the source of the email list is not identified. The responding sample consisted of “248 science teachers”
The poll does not appear to be actually reported with methods, data, etc. anywhere. It is merely referred to in a blog post and a video produced by the same organizaiton that apparently did the poll.
The fact that the poll was not done by an independent agency, was not done by a professional polling agency, that it mixed primary and secondary “teachers” and does not give a characterization of responses an assessment of bias in response, and had such a small return rate makes this poll a) scientifically invalid and b) politically suspect. [source]