|Main Finding: A substantial majority of Americans (about 7 in 10) believe the scientific theory of Evolution is compatible with a belief in God – one does not preclude the other.|
Over two-thirds of Americans are quite firm in the belief that Evolution can co-exist with the belief in God and the belief in a Divine role in human development. Most Americans feel the Theory of Evolution does not preclude a role for a Supreme Being in the origin and development of humans.
As Governor, Ashcroft staunchly opposed efforts to require church-run day care centers to meet even minimal health and safety regulations such as state fire codes and health requirements. Missouri was the only state that exempted them completely from those regulations. His opposition raises serious concerns not only about his preferential treatment of religious institutions, but also about how he, as attorney general, would interpret and implement so-called "charitable choice" laws.
|Main Finding: According to most Americans, the issue of whether or not to teach Evolution in the public schools is too important to leave to individual localities to decide. They agree that a national approach is warranted.|
Ashcroft frequently used his veto to balance the state budget or otherwise reject legislation in a way that increased the burden on those least able to bear it. For example, on July 13, 1990, Ashcroft vetoed a bill that would have provided eight weeks of unpaid leave to new birth and adoptive mothers. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch condemned Ashcroft’s veto in an editorial: "The veto of this bill pitted the welfare of business against the welfare of the family - and the family lost.
|Main Finding: A majority of Americans (60%) reject the 1999 Kansas State Board of Education decision to delete Evolution from its state science standards.|
In a memorandum to Wisconsin press, PFAW offers insights on education proposals dealing with class size issues and private-school vouchers.