Global Survey of Evolution vs Creationism

We found some interesting news at the website of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). Their headline is Acceptance level of evolution in twenty countries, and it was written by Glenn Branch, their Deputy Director. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

A new multinational survey from the Pew Research Center examining public opinion about science, its place in society, and a number of science-related issues included the question “Thinking about evolution, which comes closer to your view? Humans and other living things have evolved over time [or] Humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time?”

Fascinating! Now you can see how your country’s percentage of creationist droolers compares to that of other countries. Glenn gives us this link to the article at the Pew website. A lot of it is about things other than evolution, so we’ll stay with the NCSE article, which says:

The proportion of respondents in the United States who answered “Evolved over time,” 64%, was below the median, 74%. [Aaaargh!!] Acceptance of evolution was lower only in Poland (59%), Singapore (59%), India (56%), Brazil (54%), and Malaysia (43%), while it was higher in South Korea (70%), Russia (71%), Australia (72%), the United Kingdom (73%), Taiwan (74%), Italy (75%), Canada (77%), the Netherlands (77%), France (81%), Germany (81%), the Czech Republic (82%), Sweden (85%), Spain (87%), and Japan (88%).

This is very embarrassing — the US has a bigger percentage of droolers than any other English-speaking country. After that, Glenn tells us:

Religious affiliation and educational attainment were identified as factors relevant to the acceptance of evolution.

No surprise there. The article continues:

Christians (especially Christians who said that religion was very important to them) and Muslims were generally more likely to reject evolution, while Buddhists, Hindus, Taoists, and the religiously unaffiliated were generally more likely to accept evolution.

We’d like to see what creationists will have to say about that. Let’s read on:

In eighteen of the twenty countries, those with more education were significantly more likely to accept evolution than those with less education.

Fair enough. Glenn’s last paragraph discusses the survey’s methodology. This bit may be interesting::

All surveys were conducted with representative samples of adults ages 18 and older in each survey public.

Now you know how your country ranks regarding its population of creationist droolers. What do you think about it?

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17 responses to “Global Survey of Evolution vs Creationism

  1. What I think: it’s weird that the original survey at the website of Pew is not there. Also I think 77% embarrassingly low for The Netherlands.

  2. Excuse me for mentioning something which is totally off topic. There is a famous architect, Philip Johnson, whose name is almost the same as the Intelligent Design professor of law, Phillip Johnson. The one-l Philip architect has appeared in the news in relation to support of fascism. Please do not confuse him with the two-l Phillip ID promoter.

  3. Michael Fugate

    Without knowing what people understand religion and science are, this is pretty meaningless. There are people who believe AiG, ICR and DI are doing science and that what scientists do is a religion. Authoritarians try to use science to legitimize their beliefs or to cast doubt on other beliefs.Just because you want something to be true doesn’t make it true.

  4. I for one think the life is designed. As it would take a totally incompetent and psychotic designer to screw things up so badly. Hell he could not even come up with pockets until the badly designed humans designed pants!!!

  5. chris schilling

    “[T]hose with more education were significantly more likely to accept evolution than those with less education.”

    Education is a foreign country; they do things differently there (with apologies to L.P. Hartley).

  6. Eep! Australia at 72%! I seem to recall reading some years ago that it was more like 80%. If we’re slipping, this is serious. There is this, FWIW: https://theconversation.com/fewer-australian-university-students-than-ever-before-believe-in-creationism-101674

  7. Our Curmudgeon blushes:

    This is very embarrassing — the US has a bigger percentage of droolers than any other English-speaking country.

    American Exceptionalism in action!

    The roots of which, IMHO, were tellingly laid out over half a century ago in Hofstadter’s landmark study, Anti-intellectualism in American Life.

    Even more prescient (and thereby, all the more depressing) was Hofstadter’s
    The Paranoid Style in American Politics

    As noted before, it is hard to better Archbishop Tutu’s observation: “We learn from history that we don’t learn from history!”

  8. “Anti-intellectualism in American Life”
    To which I unhappily add that the Netherlands traditionally mostly take over the crap that comes out of the USA.

  9. This is the original report:

    https://www.pewresearch.org/science/2020/12/10/biotechnology-research-viewed-with-caution-globally-but-most-support-gene-editing-for-babies-to-treat-disease/

    The Dutch numbers are slightly surprising. 68 Percent of the Dutch christians accept evolution, 89% of the religiously unaffiliated. Since several years christians are a minority in the Netherlands the percentage 77 of all adults is relatively low.
    What I like is that 54% of the American christians accept it. As most creacrap propagandists active on internet are American this is a number to remember. Also I’d like to read the comments of Ol’Hambo and the IDiots from Seattle. My recommendation to them: post less, pray more.

  10. Charley Horse X

    Saw this today….https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/12/why-american-children-stopped-believing-in-god/ The article encourages religious parents to pull their children out of public schools so that they don’t lose the faith that parents have in believing in the supernatural realm of religion. What I got from that article is “secularism is evil” and the WALL OF SEPARATION must be destroyed. A goal of those who vote for Republicans.

  11. FrankB notes:

    To which I unhappily add that the Netherlands traditionally mostly take over the crap that comes out of the USA.

    I’m pretty sure that Geert Wilders gets his hair cut by the same folks providing tonsorial services for Donald Trump–and also, Boris Johnson.

  12. L.Long: [The Designer] could not even come up with pockets until the badly designed humans designed pants

    He did come up with pockets, but he chose not to give them to humans. For example, some rodents have cheek pouches in which they can carry large quantities of material. Marsupial females have pockets in which they carry their young offspring.
    In my opinion He did make a bungled attempt at giving men pockets, namely the foreskin. Unfortunately it hasn’t space to hold much, and it’s usually open at the bottom, so basically a total failure, but I give Him credit for trying.

  13. Even though the attempt failed, jimroberts gives the Grand ol’ Designer credit for trying to add a pocket to human male anatomy with the foreskin.

    I suspect the G ol’ D would rather we didn’t call attention to it, even to defend it. He was so ashamed he told his chosen people to cut it off.

  14. “… if he says nothing, it is absurd to give an account of our views to one who cannot give an account of anything, in so far as he cannot do so. For such a man, as such, is from the start no better than a vegetable.”
    Aristotle Metaphysics Γ(IV) 4 1006a11-15

  15. Michael Fugate

    35% of adults in the US believe the coronavirus was sent by God to teach a lesson.
    https://www.pewforum.org/essay/what-lessons-do-americans-see-for-humanity-in-the-pandemic/

  16. Retired Prof; “… foreskin. I suspect the G ol’ D would rather we didn’t call attention to it, even to defend it. He was so ashamed he told his chosen people to cut it off.”
    I had failed to see this connection! My eyes are now opened! The G ol’ D is the God of Abraham. Believe in one, you must believe in the other.
    There is one G ol’ D, and Behe is His prophet.