Pew released a new poll outlining a gap between scientists and the general public on various issues. There's a lot to chew on, but these numbers in particular stood out:
First thought -- isn't 87% a bit low for scientists' belief in natural selection? I would hope that number is close to 100%. But regardless, it's nothing compared to the general public's depressing numbers. Apparently only 32% believe in natural selection. I mean, really? In 2009? 32%? Good lord.
And then we have the global warming numbers. Roughly half the public disagrees with the overwhelming scientific consensus that humans are contributing to global warming.
It's all very depressing. And it just goes to show that sustained, systematic efforts of fraud and lying can indeed pay dividends. It also shows the harm the media inflicts when it doesn't expose and push back on demonstrably false statements, which includes virtually everything that Senator Inhofe says.