The Gallup report summarizes the findings: “[A] substantial portion of Americans…[are] not so quick to agree with the preponderance of scientific evidence.”
Support for the such beliefs declines steadily with education: Among those with high school diplomas, 58% are Bible backers; among those with postgraduate degrees, only 25%.
The president may be urging algebra and chemistry on high-schoolers, but his administration can’t run away from the chilling effect it has had on scientific inquiry. For example, a young presidential appointee at NASA ordered Web designers to append the word “theory” after every mention of the Big Bang (scroll half-way down the article). Wanna know what it takes to become a NASA spokesman? Well, it doesn’t hurt to write columns linking Saddam to Al Qaeda, or insisting that Rumsfeld had nothing to do with the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandals.