All of the other science bloggers are talking about the finding that the British might be more Creation-friendly than we’d have thought. My first thought is that we need to be careful about the survey. But my second thought is to remind myself that a 1988 survey (page 8 of the PDF) found that “…one-third of British adults understood that the Earth rotates around the Sun once a year….” vs. “…half of US adults know that the Earth rotates around the Sun once a year….” (year 2000 for the American survey). The difference in anti-evolutionary activism in the two nations is, I suspect, a function of British class structure and popular deference to elites.
Anyway, I’m going to snag some data from religious tolerance on evolution internationally:
Q: “In your opinion, how true is this? …Human beings developed from earlier species of animals..”
Nation & percentage answering affirmative
United States < 35.4
N. Ireland 51.5
New Zealand 66.3
Great Britain 76.7
W. Germany 72.7
E. Germany 81.6
Update: Thanks to Dan for the correlation matrix for the data above below the fold….