America: Second Best?

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Of 34 countries surveyed. Or second best, depending on your perspective. The only country worse (better?) was Turkey. “Adults in each country were asked whether they thought the statement ‘Human beings, as we know them, developed from earlier species of animals,’ was true, false, or if they were unsure.” In countries like France, Japan, UK–70% or so said “true”. Bottom was Turkey, at around 27%; US next lowest at 40%.

Apparently “genetic literacy has a moderate positive relationship to the acceptance of evolution in both the United States and the nine European countries. This result indicates that those adults who have acquired some understanding of modern genetics are more likely to hold positive attitudes toward evolution.” (I come out on the “second worst” side of this issue.)

10:13 pm on August 12, 2006