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Poll: Evolution Not So Popular in England

It appears that evolution is not as popular as many would expect in Darwin's home country. The BBC reports, Britons unconvinced on evolution. Less than half responded that evolution best described their view on the origin of life. Furthermore, more than 40 percent believe that intelligent design should be included in science lessons.

While not directly relevant to the debate over intelligent design in the United States, the results are interesting, and came as a surprise to many scientists in Briton, including the President of the Royal Society.

The survey included two different questions. First, people were asked which view best described their view of the origin of life:

22% chose creationism
17% opted for intelligent design
48% selected evolution theory
and the rest did not know.

The survey then asked which view they would like taught in British science lessons:

44% said creationism should be included
41% intelligent design
69% wanted evolution as part of the science curriculum.

The BBC article concluded with a peculiar description of the Dover trial, stating that the case "ruled that the intelligent design movement is motivated by a desire to introduce God into the classroom." If this is true, then what of the fact that many prominent evolutionists have motivations to take God out of society, as was expressed to the Judge in the Scientist's Amicus Brief?

Be that as it may, the results from Briton are very interesting.