According to the actual survey linked from TFA
, this is the actual survey question and response data (sorry for no table formatting):
13. Do you think the scientific theory of evolution is well-supported by evidence and widely accepted within the scientific community?
Well-supported Not well-supported Don't Know
Current Total 48% 39% 13%
Evangelical Protestants 25% 63% 12%
Non-Evangelical Protestants 57% 24% 19%
Catholics 58% 33% 9%
Agnostics/Atheists 73% 18% 9%
From this information, it would appear as though 48% of Americans think evolution is BOTH well-supported AND well-accepted in the scientific community. (The question, of course, is terribly constructed because it conflates two potentially divergent beliefs.) 39% believe EITHER it's not well-supported by evidence OR it's not well-accepted in the scientific community, and it's easy to see how propaganda would make it easy to influence people on one of those two variables.
Certainly, it doesn't seem to support the proposition from TFA, that "Nearly half (48 percent) of the public rejects the scientific theory of evolution".
Is it possible MSNBC/Newsweek didn't get their facts straight? Or am I missing something?