My experience of Europe in the 1980′s was that creationism was a particularly American phenomenon – and frankly, I still think it is. However, the following poll from the UK gives one pause for thought:
Over 2000 participants were asked what best described their view of the origin and development of life:
- 22% – creationism
- 17% – intelligent design
- 48% – evolution
- 15% – did not know
While this would appear to be similar to the situation here in the US, there is one important difference. When asked what should be taught (versus their own belief), 69% wanted evolution as part of the science curriculum, 44% said creationism, and 41% intelligent design. This appears to show that there isn’t a large group opposing teaching evolution in British schools.