Public Acceptance of Evolution

@article{Miller2006PublicAO,
  title={Public Acceptance of Evolution},
  author={Jon D. Miller and Eugenie C Scott and Shinji Okamoto},
  journal={Science},
  year={2006},
  volume={313},
  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. 

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