Polling evolution in western Canada


"[T]he entire west coast" of Canada is "moving away from creationism," reports the Vancouver Observer (July 23, 2015). The article noted that James Lunney, a Member of Parliament representing a federal electoral district in British Columbia, quit the Conservative Party earlier in 2015 in order not to embarrass the party by continuing to express his vocal opposition to evolution.

Asked "Which of these statements comes closest to your own point of view regarding the origin and developments of human beings on earth?" and presented with "Human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions of years" and "God created human beings in their present form within the last 10,000 years," 72% of British Columbians and 58% of Albertans preferred the first option, 17% of British Columbians and 24% of Albertans preferred the second option, and 11% of British Columbians and 18% of Albertans were unsure.

Asked "Do you think creationism — the belief that the universe and life originated from specific acts of divine creation — should be part of the school curriculum in British Columbia?" probably should, 20% said that it probably should not, 40% said that it definitely should not, and 14% were unsure. Asked the same question (presumably about Alberta), 16% of respondents in Alberta said that it definitely should, 18% said that it probably should, 17% said that it probably should not, 33% said that it definitely should not, and 16% were unsure.

The Insights West survey was conducted on-line among 814 adult British Columbians from May 7 to May 9, 2015, and among 801 adult Albertans from May 1 to May 3, 2015. According (PDF) to the poll report, "The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender[,] and region in British Columbia and Alberta." The margin of error was  +/- 3.5 percentage points for British Columbia and Alberta.