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Darwin survey shows international consensus on acceptance of evolution

Published:3 July 2009
Fieldwork:3-9 April 2009
Keywords:Creationism, Darwin, Evolution, Omnibus, Religion, Science
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New research, conducted by Ipsos MORI for the British Council, investigating awareness of Charles Darwin and attitudes towards evolution, has found that there is a broad international consensus of acceptance towards his theory of evolution.

The British Council, the UK’s international body for cultural relations, announced the results of its global survey at the World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ) in London on Tuesday 30 June, 2009, as part of its international programme Darwin Now, to mark the publication of Charles Darwin’s groundbreaking work, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, on 24 November, 1859.

The research surveyed over ten thousand adults across ten countries worldwide including Argentina, China, Egypt, India, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Great Britain and the United States.

Technical Note

Ipsos MORI interviewed a representative sample of 973 adults across Great Britain [England, Scotland and Wales] aged 18 and over on behalf of The British Council.

Fieldwork took place between 3rd April and 9th April 2009 using an in home face to face data collection methodology. A quota sampling approach was adopted, encompassing 180 sampling points across Great Britain.

Survey data were weighted back to the true population proportions.

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