Public Acceptance of Evolution

  title={Public Acceptance of Evolution},
  author={Jon D. Miller and Eugenie C Scott and Shinji Okamoto},
  pages={765 - 766}
The acceptance of evolution is lower in the United States than in Japan or Europe, largely because of widespread fundamentalism and the politicization of science in the United States. 

Some misleading concepts and interpretations in evolutionary biology

The scientific community at large accepts evolution as the cornerstone of the life sciences, but many people do not agree or understand it, mainly because of the different ways in which people think and believe about evolution.

Bracing for Islamic Creationism

To avoid a vast rejection of evolution in the Muslim world, scientists can present the theory as the bedrock of biology and can stress its practical applications.

Evolution and Creationism in America's Classrooms: A National Portrait

Despite many legal and legislative decisions, a new study shows that one in eight high school biology instructors teach their students that creationism or intelligent design is a valid alternative to

Public perception of evolution and the rise of evolutionary psychology in Finland

This paper traces the main arguments in this debate in relation to previous studies on the public understanding of science and argues that newspaper claims of declining acceptance of evolutionism in Finland were based on rather ambivalent data.

Should the Teaching of Biological Evolution Include the Origin of Life?

It is argued that prebiotic evolution and the origin of life should not be excluded from the syllabus and should be part of classes on biological evolution, and that the transition from non-living to living matter is best understood when seen as part of evolutionary biology.

Dispatches from the evolution wars: shifting tactics and expanding battlefields.

To understand the ongoing challenges facing evolution education in the United States, it is necessary to appreciate creationist actions at the different levels of educational governance--state legislatures, state boards of education, local boards of Education, and finally the individual classroom--that serve as the battlegrounds for the evolution education wars.

The Evolutionist, the Creationist, and the ‘Unsure’: Picking-Up the Wrong Fight?

The public acceptance of evolution is under constant scrutiny. Surveys and polls regularly measure whether the public accepts evolutionist or creationist views. The differences between groups, such

Scorn, Not Just Rejection: Attitudes toward Evolution in Egypt

Middle Eastern countries have some of the highest percentages of citizens that reject evolution, presumably due in large part to the impact of religious fundamentalism and the deeply rooted belief in

Religion versus Darwin

The paper critically reviews a range of contemporary versions of ‘evolution denial’, before rehearsing evidence from opinion surveys of the support for such positions being taught in schools.


  • J. Coyne
  • Sociology
    Evolution; international journal of organic evolution
  • 2012
The prevalence of religious belief in the United States suggests that outreach by scientists alone will not have a huge effect in increasing the acceptance of evolution, nor will the strategy of trying to convince the faithful that evolution is compatible with their religion.



Evolution vs. creationism.

  • F. Ayala
  • Philosophy, Education
    History and philosophy of the life sciences
  • 2006
It is unfortunate that the anti-evolution movement in the United States, as well as elsewhere, has successfully appropriated the term 'creationism' as its banner. One meaning of the term

Sörbom, LISREL 8 (Scientific

  • Software International,
  • 1993

Who is Using the Web for Science and Health Information?

The analysis concludes that the growth of access to the Web is likely to continue and that slightly more than 20 percent of American adults sought health or science information from the Web in 1999.

Evolution poll results, 15 November 2005 ( CHART1-11-15-05&cat=AN)

  • Evolution poll results, 15 November 2005 ( CHART1-11-15-05&cat=AN)

Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults believe human beings were created by God

  • Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults believe human beings were created by God
  • 2005

Gallup poll, 7 to

  • Gallup poll, 7 to
  • 2004