Quick Note on Poll Questions

What the polls ask:

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(from http://religions.pewforum.org/pdf/table-belief-in-god-or-universal-spirit-by-religious-tradition.pdf )
What the polls should ask:
Does God exist?

What the polls ask:

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(from http://religions.pewforum.org/pdf/report2-religious-landscape-study-full.pdf#page=99 )
These questions are less flawed than those on the existence of God. Nevertheless, they could use improvement.
What the polls should ask:
Did the human species evolve from other species of organisms?
or
Is the diversity of life that we see today a result of evolution?
and
Is the diversity of life that we see today a result of intervention by a god?
The questions I declare polls should ask allow little room for doublethink. They help religionists understand that questions about the existence of God or the responsibility of Evolution for diversity of life on Earth are questions of fact. Preferably, the questions I declare the polls should ask should be asked along with other questions on less contested facts than the responsibility of evolution for the diversity of life on Earth.
Also, depressing poll results (scroll down to agreement)– those against teaching creationism in government-funded schools and those against teaching evolution in government-funded schools in the U.S. are roughly equal in number, numbering between roughly a fifth and roughly a third of the U.S. population.

Author: pithom

An atheist with an interest in the history of the ancient Near East. Author of the Against Jebel al-Lawz Wordpress blog.

2 thoughts on “Quick Note on Poll Questions”

  1. 1)1st question is O.K.
    2) no, it is false logically: so called logicall apparent like “‘do you beat your wife every thursday?”. Philosphical fools do not understand the meaning of both the term “God” and “evolution”- a naive,popular, just mass media notion contra strict philosophical and biblical according to logical absolute (divine) principle of Aristotle.

    1. I almost didn’t approve your comment for its violation of Point 2 of my comment policy and its near-violation of Point 5 of my comment policy. Is your point that the majority of the general population don’t understand the terms “God” and “Evolution” and, consequently, cannot answer any question in my second set of questions? The answer to “‘do you beat your wife every thursday?” is “no”; I do not see how any of the questions in my second set of questions are “false logically”. Please be clearer next time.

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