Polls don’t identify the real science education problem

By Tom Siegfried, 08:23 AM May 5, 2014

First of two parts (read part 2)

Several decades ago, in a simpler time, a pollster quizzed members of the general public on their opinion of the Metallic Metals Act. Nearly 15 percent approved it as a federal measure, but 40 percent said that metal laws should be left to the states. About 30 percent had no opinion.

There was, of course, no such act. It was a fiction designed to demonstrate how Americans willingly expressed opinions on things they knew nothing about.

In truth, the poll itself ma...

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