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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Opinions on Evolution From Around the World

Earlier this week, the British Council released the results of its international survey on people's attitudes toward evolution. (With help from a market research company, the organization talked with more than 10,000 people in 10 countries).
Here's what they found (click on images for larger view):

But there are some problems with the polling, as PZ Myers points out: According to the survey, people in the United States have the highest levels of awareness and understanding of evolution (84 percent), but, he says, "this survey did not measure actual competence." As Myers notes, "more than half disbelieve evolution, but more than 80 percent think they're knowledgeable about it. There's a problem."
Want to voice your opinion? Take part in the online survey. —Heather Wax