The Pew Research Center has a new feature posted on results of a faith-versus-science survey it conducted. The twist: while the vast majority of respondents say they hold science and scientists "in very high regard," still just a quarter of them believe in evolution as explained by scientific principles. At the root of this paradox is that "much of the general public simply chooses not to believe the scientific theories and discoveries that seem to contradict long-held religious or other important beliefs," according to Pew. (Check out the article for a full breakdown of the data.)
Over at his Evolution Blog, Jason Rosenhouse posts on this sudy and on the argument that it's "people like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens [who] hurt the cause" for science. Rosenhouse says it's instead years of high-level support for very conservative religious views that has led to an environment where faith has more credibility to the public than does science.