Polling evolution and creationism in Canada

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A new poll found creationism to be relatively scarce in Canada. Asked "Which of the following statements comes closest to your point of view?" 57.6% of respondents opted for "Humans evolved according to the process of natural selection" and 20.8% opted for "Humans evolved over time but through divine guidance," while only 18.0% preferred "Humans were created by God within the last 10,000 years"; 3.6% skipped the question.

Demographically, creationism was stronger in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the Atlantic provinces; among those with only a high school education; among those with a household income less than $40,000; among recent immigrants, indigenous, South Asian, and Black respondents; among those completing the poll via landline; and among those favoring the Conservative Party of Canada and the People's Party of Canada.

The poll was conducted by telephone, including both landlines and cellphones. According to Ekos, the pollster, "The field dates for this survey are November 10-23, 2022. In total, a random sample of 2074 Canadians aged 18 and over responded to the survey. The margin of error associated with the total sample is +/- 2.15 percentage points, 19 times out of 20." The results were demographically weighted by census data.

Glenn Branch
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Glenn Branch is Deputy Director of NCSE.

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