See the circled part? I can tell you pretty confidently that people do not know what the pollster is asking when they answer and are placed in this middle category. For instance, they are not being told that “Evolved: Guided by God” specifically means they are agreeing with a concept like common descent and that modern humans descended from great apes.
Those middle percentages beggar belief. I am going to say that people do not know what they are being asked, what the implications are of their answers, and what evolution really involves and how it impacts their Christian beliefs.
I supported my point with data, as you asked. You can ignore it or dismiss it if you want, but I think it would be clear to most readers that my statement (a majority of the worldwide church is “on board” with evolution) was accurate. I do not doubt that some people surveyed did not fully understand the questions, but you will need to provide more than innuendo to show that the data is unreliable.
Just got a reply. And I think any reasonable person here would agree that I am correct about people not knowing what they are answering Yes to . Open the attachments. The last picture I included below sealed it for me. Questions are nowhere close to being specific enough .
So my answer to the OP question is “No, this data cannot be trusted”.
Listen to what you are saying. If the questions are not properly articulated (that is, to include paramount issues like common descent from apes, which is nowhere to be found on the questionnaire), it would then follow that the data cannot be trusted.
Not only are you wrong, you are precisely wrong, because you, in fact, are pointing out your own error!
There is just enough wiggle room in there that I am not fully comfortable with it; I can’t quite explain why.
I seem to recall a study somewhere that did questions similar to these and then did get more specific and people changed their minds. That said, it could have been a bad dream induced by too much cheese close to bed time
I’m sorry but I seem to be taking your statement in another way than you may have intended to convey.
When you say the data cannot be trusted, you seem (to me) to be saying the data has been faked, or perhaps cherry picked. That the data does not reflect what people actually answer on the questionnaire.
But you seem to be saying instead, not so much that the data is somehow wrong (presumably you are agreeing that, given that question, those are the proportions of answers we get), but because that question can be understood in multiple different ways, we can not have much confidence in the face value of what it shows. I would agree with that.
Then you are totally out of touch with the gravity of the situation here. Evolution and Christianity are some of the biggest cultural and ideological issues on the planet. It is beyond essential, it is incumbent upon, Pew Research to go above and beyond to get it done right. Every potential misunderstanding on the part of the “surveyee” should be removed.
I am not going to continue to argue with someone who cannot see the gravity of the situation. How do I say it nicely? You are so steeped in your own paradigm and so blinded by it, that you can’t imagine how it would bother someone not of your worldview.
All I can say is that in my worldview it is unconscionable behavior to take the subject of Evolution before the Church and mishandle it and deal with it as if it is some light thing.