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Evolution/Creationism, Teaching of

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Please indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements if they apply to your classes in biology or life sciences (otherwise select Not applicable). I believe it is possible to offer an excellent general biology course for high school students that includes no mention of Darwin or evolutionary theory. (NODARWIN)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 49 5.6
2) Agree 65 7.4
3) Disagree 229 26
4) Strongly disagree 538 61.1
TOTAL881100.0
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Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


Please tell us whether you have ever done the following: I have encouraged discussions of creationism in order to firmly explain why creationism is not science. (ENCDISC)
  TOTAL %
1) Never 599 66.6
2) Once or twice 142 15.8
3) A few times 94 10.5
4) Frequently 64 7.1
TOTAL899100.0
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Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


Please indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements if they apply to your classes in biology or life sciences (otherwise select Not applicable). When I do teach about creationism or intelligent design (including answering student questions), I emphasize that this is a valid, scientific alternative to Darwinian explanations for the origin of species. (VALIDALT)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 31 5.8
2) 1.5 104 19.4
2) Agree 104 19.4
3) Disagree 112 20.9
4) Strongly disagree 184 34.4
TOTAL535100.0
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Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


Please indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements if they apply to your classes in biology or life sciences (otherwise select Not applicable). When I do teach creationism or intelligent design (including answering student questions), I acknowledge them as valid religious perspectives, but which are not appropriate for a science class. (VALIDREL)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 93 19.7
2) Agree 221 46.8
3) Disagree 119 25.2
4) Strongly disagree 39 8.3
TOTAL472100.0
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Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


Please indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements if they apply to your classes in biology or life sciences (otherwise select Not applicable). When I do teach creationism or intelligent design (including answering student questions), I emphasize that many reputable scientists view these as valid alternatives to Darwinian theory. (REPUTSCI)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 26 5.8
2) Agree 137 30.7
3) Disagree 162 36.3
4) Strongly disagree 121 27.1
TOTAL446100.0
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Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


Please indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements if they apply to your classes in biology or life sciences (otherwise select Not applicable). When I do teach creationism or intelligent design (including answering student questions), I emphasize that almost all scientists reject these as valid accounts of the origin of species. (SCIREJCT)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 62 15.4
2) Agree 143 35.6
3) Disagree 149 37.1
4) Strongly disagree 48 11.9
TOTAL402100.0
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Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


In preparing this questionnaire, we talked to a large number of teachers and other science educators. They have told us about many strategies that teachers use in teaching their high school biology classes and they share many experiences they have had. Some of these appear below. Please tell us whether you have ever done the following: I have been nervous about an open house event or a meeting with parents because I believed that I would receive complaints about the teaching of evolution. (NERVOUS)
  TOTAL %
1) Never 673 74.1
2) Once or twice 165 18.2
3) A few times 55 6.1
4) Frequently 15 1.7
TOTAL908100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


Please indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements if they apply to your classes in biology or life sciences (otherwise select Not applicable). Evolution serves as the unifying theme for the content of the course. (UNIFYING)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 230 19.2
2) Agree 329 27.4
2) 2.5 329 27.4
3) Disagree 227 18.9
4) Strongly disagree 86 7.2
TOTAL1,201100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


Please indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements if they apply to your classes in biology or life sciences (otherwise select Not applicable). When I do teach evolution, I focus heavily on what students need to know to meet state science standards. (STATESCI)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 323 36.9
2) Agree 452 51.6
3) Disagree 86 9.8
4) Strongly disagree 15 1.7
TOTAL876100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


Please indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements if they apply to your classes in biology or life sciences (otherwise select Not applicable). When I do teach evolution (including answering student questions), I emphasize the possibility that portions of evolutionary theory may be proven wrong. (PRVWRONG)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 165 18.8
2) Agree 467 53.1
3) Disagree 171 19.4
4) Strongly disagree 77 8.8
TOTAL880100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


Please indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements if they apply to your classes in biology or life sciences (otherwise select Not applicable). When I do teach evolution (including answering student questions), I emphasize the broad consensus that evolution is fact even as scientists disagree about the specific mechanisms through which evolution occurred. (BROADCON)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly agree 277 21.6
2) Agree 404 31.5
2) 2.5 404 31.5
3) Disagree 144 11.2
4) Strongly disagree 53 4.1
TOTAL1,282100.0
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Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: Other
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mailed


Q41e. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements about science: Creationism should be taught in public schools (CREATION)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 316 19.9
2) Disagree 277 17.4
3) Agree 436 27.4
4) Strongly agree 263 16.5
8) Undecided 298 18.7
TOTAL1,590100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Public schools now teach the scientific theory of evolution, which explains how life developed on Earth. Would you favor or oppose requiring public schools to also teach the Biblical version of how life on Earth was created by God? (TCHCREAT)
  TOTAL %
1) YES, WOULD FAVOR 619 77.3
2) NO, WOULD NOT FAVOR 182 22.7
TOTAL801100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Public schools now teach the scientific theory of evolution, which explains how life developed on Earth. Would you favor or oppose requiring public schools to also teach the Biblical version of how life on Earth was created by God? (TCHCREAT)
  TOTAL %
1) YES, WOULD FAVOR 223 58.4
2) NO, WOULD NOT FAVOR 159 41.6
TOTAL382100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you think public school instruction should include Christian views of science and history, or not? (TEACHSCI)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes 1,789 69.1
2) No 673 26
3) DK 100 3.9
4) Refused 28 1.1
TOTAL2,590100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Public schools now teach the scientific theory of evolution, which explains how life developed on Earth. Would you favor or oppose requiring public schools to also teach the Biblical version of how life on Earth was created by God? (TCHCREAT)
  TOTAL %
1) Yes, would favor 746 63.8
2) No, would not favor 423 36.2
TOTAL1,169100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


And whats your view: would you generally favor or oppose teaching creationism along with evolution in public schools? (CREATEVO)
  TOTAL %
1) Favor 2,801 63.6
2) Oppose 1,151 26.1
9) Dont know/Refused 455 10.3
TOTAL4,407100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Would you generally favor or oppose teaching creationism instead of evolution in public schools? (CREATION)
  TOTAL %
1) Favor 1,657 37.6
2) Oppose 2,150 48.8
9) Dont know/Refused 600 13.6
TOTAL4,407100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Would you generally favor or oppose teaching creationism along with evolution in public schools? [Answered only if FORM = 1.] (TEACHPUB)
  TOTAL %
1) Favor 580 58.2
2) Oppose 349 35
9) Dont know/Refuse 68 6.8
TOTAL997100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you think public schools should only teach the Bibles account of the creation of life on Earth, or should they only teach evolution, or should they teach both? (CREATION)
  TOTAL %
1) Only Bibles account 271 8.1
2) Only evolution 512 15.2
3) Both 2,286 68
6) Neither 9 0.3
8) Dont know 285 8.5
TOTAL3,363100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


There is controversy about whether the biological theory of evolution, or the biblical view of creation (called creationism), should be taught in public schools. Which do you think should be taught? (TEACHEVL)
  TOTAL %
1) Only evolution 33 11.3
2) Only creationism 28 9.6
3) Both 201 68.8
4) Neither 30 10.3
TOTAL292100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Other: The target population for this survey was students at Winthrop University, a state university in South Carolina.
Frame: Other
Sample: Unknown
Mode: Other


Please choose the response that best fits your belief regarding the Creationism Controversy. Public schools should teach: (CREATION)
  TOTAL %
1) Only the theory of evolution in biology 27 9
2) Both creationism and the theory of evolution 208 69.3
3) Neither creationism nor the theory of evolution 23 7.7
4) Only creationism 27 9
8) Uncertain 12 4
9) No answer 3 1
TOTAL300100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Regional Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


And who should have the primary responsibility for deciding how evolution is taught in public schools? Should it be scientists and science teachers, parents, or school boards? (EVOLRESP)
  TOTAL %
1) Scientists and science teachers 1,249 28.3
2) Parents 1,806 41
3) School boards 925 21
9) Dont know/Refused 426 9.7
TOTAL4,406100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Id like to get your views on who should and who should not have a say on how evolution is taught in public schools. In your opinion, should scientists and science teachers have a say in how evolution is addressed, or should they not have a say? (EVOLSCI)
  TOTAL %
1) Should have a say 3,102 70.4
2) Should not have a say 1,037 23.5
9) Dont know/Refused 268 6.1
TOTAL4,407100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


SubCategories [ Back to Top ]
Creationism in the Classroom: This question type asks teachers to indicate if they teach about creationism in a certain way.
Evolution in the Classroom: This question type asks teachers to indicate if they teach about evolution in a certain way.
Teach Creationism?: Does the respondent favor public schools teaching creationism?
Teach What?: This question type asks the respondent if public schools should teach only creationism, only evolution, both, or neither.
Who Decides?: Who should have the power to decide how human origins are addressed in the classroom?

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