Magazine article The American Prospect

John Zogby's Creative Polls. (Correspondence)

Magazine article The American Prospect

John Zogby's Creative Polls. (Correspondence)

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TO READ CHRIS MOONEY'S account ["John Zogby's Creative Polls," February], the Zogby poll on evolution--commissioned by the Discovery Institute--was primarily about intelligent-design theory. That's not true. The chief thrust was the appropriateness of students learning the scientific evidence against as well as for Charles Darwin's theory. Mooney ignores the fact that intelligent design was a secondary issue.

Mooney also provides a definition of intelligent design that does not conform to what the theory's proponents claim, but follows instead the straw-man, definition used by its most ardent opponents (e.g., Eugenie Scott of the Darwinist lobbying group The National Center for Science Education).

Worst, Mooney neglects to mention what happened in Ohio last spring as the state school board considered the issue of how to teach evolution. There the Zogby organization followed up its national poll with a statewide poll (also commissioned by us). Not only did the Ohio poll results closely resemble the national poll results, they later were effectively confirmed by a statewide survey produced by a polling company employed by The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer.

It appears that Chris Mooney and The American Prospect are guilty of exactly the kind of unprofessional bias in journalism that they wrongly attribute to Zogby in public-opinion polling. …

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