Couric’s Interview Prep

Katie Couric is perkily asking readers for input on which questions she should ask Sarah Palin.

Right now I’m preparing to interview Gov. Sarah Palin, and I’m really excited about this chance to sit down with a woman who has stirred things up in the third act of a very eventful election year.

Palin elicits some strong responses from women all across the political spectrum. Her reliability factor, or that “she feels my pain” quotient, was through the roof after the Republican convention. It hovered at 60 percent in a CBS News poll, higher than any of the three men in the race. But women don’t necessarily share her views on social issues.

While 67 percent of women agree with her that creationism should be taught alongside evolution in schools, just 17 percent share her view on abortion, that it should only be legal in cases where the mother’s life is at risk. The majority of women think there should be exceptions that allow abortions in cases of rape or incest.

Palin has been topic A for all of my friends, and I’m sure she is for you, as well. Would a Palin vice presidency be good for women? Is she experienced enough to be a heartbeat away from the presidency? Are her views too right of center? Will women who supported Sen. Hillary Clinton now back a McCain-Palin ticket? To many Democrats, that seems unlikely given how little the two women have in common politically. But some women were impressed by Hillary’s grit and determination and Sarah Palin’s tough talk on the stump may be striking a chord with them as well.

Once again, we see the mainstream media clinging to this “creationism” distortion; the fact is that Sarah Palin explicitly said she would not push to have creationism taught alongside evolution: Sarah Palin and Creationism.

“I don’t think there should be a prohibition against debate if it comes up in class. It doesn’t have to be part of the curriculum.”

She added that, if elected, she would not push the state Board of Education to add such creation-based alternatives to the state’s required curriculum.

But … 67 percent of women want creationism taught in science classes? Where the hell did that statistic come from?

UPDATE at 9/24/08 9:42:53 am:

Apparently it comes from a CBS poll (surprise!) that they did during the last presidential election: Poll: Creationism Trumps Evolution, Most Americans Do Not Believe Human Beings Evolved - CBS News. (Hat tip: littleoldlady.)

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