Some atheist bloggers have gotten themselves into an uproar about the scary poll at left.
The American public does, indeed, seem to think in stereotypes, so the results of the survey must tell us something. But what?
If you'll notice, each row fails to add up to 100%. That's probably because the question, as phrased, is way too simplistic. Perhaps the unaccounted-for respondents said, "Well, that depends."
So with the fence-straddlers in mind, I've created the following questionnaire:
If you were asked to choose between the following pair of hypothetical candidates, for which one would you be more likely to vote?
A lying Christian OR a truthful atheist?
A homosexual black woman who strongly opposes gay marriage OR a straight white man who strongly favors it?
A thrice-divorced candidate who claims he believes in the sanctity of marriage OR a candidate who has been happily wed for many years to his one-and-only wife, but who doesn't believe that the institution of marriage is sacred?
A 40-year-old Wiccan who supports the U.S. troop surge OR an 80-year-old Scientologist who wants to bring the troops home now?
A libertarian freethinker who doesn’t believe that the Establishment Clause precludes government vouchers for use in parochial schools OR a liberal Catholic who does believe that the Establishment Clause precludes government vouchers for use in parochial schools, but wants them anyway.
A Jew who panders to evangelical Christians OR an evangelical Christian who panders to Jews?A Lutheran who prefers a 6-pack of Pepsi bagged in paper OR a Methodist who prefers a 12-pack of Coke bagged in plastic?
A hermaphrodite OR a candidate with no sexual organs?
A Nail Fungus who sells anti-infection tablets OR a Gob of Mucus who sells decongestants?
A Gallup poll-taker OR a reader of yak entrails?