Among Canadians, 58 percent accept evolution, while 22 percent think that God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years, and 20 percent are unsure, according to a new poll from Angus Reid Stategies. The poll was conducted among a nationwide random sample of 1007 Canadian adults interviewed on-line on July 29 and 30, 2008, and its margin of error is +/- 3.1%. The results are virtually unchanged from a 2007 poll, in which 59 percent of the respondents accepted evolution, 22 percent preferred the creationist option, and 19 percent were unsure.
In a press release (PDF), a number of further findings were noted: "Men [were] more inclined than women to believe in evolution (69% versus 48%); women [were] more prone to believe in creationism (28% versus 16%) ... Males (69%), younger adults (67%) and those with at least one university degree (71%) [were] more inclined to believe in...
CC.com: Does the general public realize the extent to which evolutionary theory is under attack by people with legitimate scientific and scholarly credentials?
Laurence Tisdall: Not in my opinion. However, in every survey done, almost 50 percent of the Canadian population don't believe in the theory of evolution as taught in our schools.
CC.com: What is being done to increase this awareness?
LT: Nothing is being done in Quebec, in the educational institutions. My association, the ASCQ, has done more than 600 invited conferences; and I personally have debated 12 times in universities and colleges in Quebec. My debates almost always concern the origin of life; and I naturally use Intelligent Design (ID) arguments such as irreducible complexity and the origin of information of the genetic code. I also use basic science, though -- such as the idea that spontaneous generation is impossible; that life must come from pre-existing life; and probability calculations. ... ETC.