This, however, floored me:
"Inside our cells, there is a complex genetic code that helps determine who we are."
Extremely confident: 38%Nearly one in ten Americans either don't understand what "genetic code" means, or are not confident about the existence of DNA. And another 22% have their doubts. Only 38% answered "extremely confident," which, frankly, is the only acceptable answer.
Very confident: 30%
Somewhat confident: 22%
Not too confident: 8%
Not at all confident: 1%
This has huge implications for pro-life education. "Life begins at conception" is meaningless if people don't accept that a "genetic code that helps determine who we are" is also present at conception. Without DNA, all you have is generic life, a clump of cells that might become an individual some day. DNA is what stays constant throughout our lives, from fertilization, giving us unique identities.
And that's just abortion. What about other life issues? How do DNA doubters perceive people who have been released from death row due to exonerating DNA evidence? Do they understand the basics of adult versus embryonic stem cell research?
I usually try to end blog posts on a high note, but there's not much of a silver lining here. Yippie, about two-thirds of Americans got it right. It should be 100%.