I was being polite by negating the validity of the poll. rather than the reading skills of the poster.
You failed to post a link to the actual results of the poll. Instead, you posted a link to an article which interpreted the poll. Furthermore, it gave very limited information about the methodology of the poll. It said that 2/3 of scientists believed in God; but only listed the actual percentages who did not believe (38% for natural sciences, and 31% for social sciences). It listed no other percentages or figures besides those (and similar ones, such as the 41% figure given for biologists and the 27% figure given for political scientists).
This stinks of a false dichotomy to me, since a properly conducted poll should have had at least one other option, namely, "I am not sure if God exists". Frankly, there should have been at least one or two more on top of that
. Personally, I think it's more likely that the article's writer misrepresented the results of the poll so as to make people think that scientists were primarily religious, rather than agnostic or atheistic.
Indeed, the following 2010 study (Religion Among Academic Scientists
, Ecklund) absolutely and clearly demonstrates that the article you originally cited blatantly misrepresented Ecklund's findings. Indeed, it absolutely devastates the idea that most scientists believe in God; the table on page 8 makes that abundantly clear. I will list the "Overall" category here; the more specific categories are there if someone wants to look through them. EDIT--Correction, I misread the table slightly. The numbers I have listed here were overall for social scientists. The numbers for natural scientists are even more problematic for SkyWriting's case.
37.6% of natural scientists and 31.2% of social scientists do not believe in God.
29.4% of natural scientists and 31% of social scientists do not know if there is a God, and do not think there is a way to find out.
8.2% of natural scientists and 7.2% of social scientists believe in a higher power that is not God.
4.2% of natural scientists and 5.4% of social scientists believe in God sometimes.
12.9% of natural scientists and 15.5% of social scientists have some doubts but believe in God.
7.8% of natural scientists and 9.7% of social scientists have no doubts of God's existence.
I think those numbers speak for themselves. And this leads me to believe that the original poll's methodology was probably reasonably close to correct; it's the article that you linked which was so badly flawed. A perfect example of someone using statistics to lie.