In lieu of any real poll in the near future, the British electorate can take great comfort in the fact that our survey on whether Dawkins and Hitchens are good for humanism is now closed and the results are in.
The Returning Officer (i.e. Blogger via myself) is pleased to announce that from a staggeringly high turnout of 5,350 people, the responses to the question "Are Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens a good thing for humanism?" came in as follows:
Yes, it's time to get serious in our rejection of religion – 4,186 (78%)
Yes, they enliven the debate – 943 (17%)
No, their aggressive tone is unhelpful – 186 (3%)
No, they're a menace to humanism – 35 (0%)
So what does it all mean? No doubt pollsters will be debating this result for months on end, but in the meantime I'll offer one obvious observation – Dawkins and the Hitch have whipped up a real following, many of whom will passionately jump at the opportunity to defend them. Some will even take offence at any attempt to question their writings – just take a look at the many comments we received about this poll. What do readers think? Leave us your comments on this post.
Watch out for our next poll, launching later today...