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U.S. Lags World in Grasp of Genetics and Acceptance of Evolution
By Ker Than, August 10, 2006

A comparison of peoples' views in 34 countries finds that the United States ranks near the bottom when it comes to public acceptance of evolution. Only Turkey ranked lower...

ÔÇťAmerican Protestantism is more fundamentalist than anybody except perhaps the Islamic fundamentalist ... Jon Miller a study co-author at Michigan State University.

The study found that over the past 20 years:

The percentage of U.S. adults who accept evolution declined from 45 to 40 percent.

The percentage overtly rejecting evolution declined from 48 to 39 percent, however.

And the percentage of adults who were unsure increased, from 7 to 21 percent.

Of the other countries surveyed, only Turkey ranked lower, with about 25 percent of the population accepting evolution and 75 percent rejecting it. In Iceland, Denmark, Sweden and France, 80 percent or more of adults accepted evolution; in Japan, 78 percent of adults did.

The findings are detailed in the Aug. 11 issue of the journal Science.