Read this article. It deals with scientific literacy, politics, and religion in the United States, focusing on stem cells and evolution. Here’s a taste:
To measure public acceptance of the concept of evolution, Miller has been asking adults if “human beings, as we know them, developed from earlier species of animals” since 1985. He and his colleagues purposefully avoid using the now politically charged word “evolution” in order to determine whether people accept the basics of evolutionary theory.
To find out what I think about rephrasing the question and substituting “develop” for “evolve”, read this.