This isn’t a new statistic – it was originally published in August 2006 in Science magazine. Most people in the States recall it for showing just how low the public’s acceptance of evolution in the United States is compared with Europe (it’s depressingly low, as though Americans were uneducated twits; click on the graph to enlarge).
But take note where Cyprus is on that list. Cyprus just beat out the USA for public acceptance of evolution.
That’s pretty bad for Cyprus, IMO. I think it’s so low though because evolution just not mentioned in biology classes in secondary schools here (from what I’ve heard). Alternatives to the Orthodox view of natural history were never mentioned. Just how they taught biology without mentioning evolution is a mystery to me, but it does explain the low rate of public acceptance.
- Miller, et al. (2006) Science, 313: 765-66. DOI: 10.1126/science.1126746
For the study that produced the graph at right, adults were asked to respond to the statement: “Human beings, as we know them, developed from earlier species of animals”; the percentage of respondents who believed this to be true is marked in blue; those who believed it to be false, in red; and those who were not sure, in yellow.