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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2015/07/31

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear friends of NCSE,

What do people in western Canada think about evolution? And a
milestone for NCSE's presence on Facebook.


"[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

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 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

For the article in the Vancouver Observer, visit: 

For the poll report from Insights West (PDF), visit: 

And for NCSE's collection of polls and surveys, visit: 

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Have you been visiting NCSE's blog, The Science League of America
recently? If not, then you've missed:

* Steven Newton describing NCSE's recent excursion to Grand Canyon: 

* Stephanie Keep lauding the xenarthra: 

* Josh Rosenau discussing partisanship in the science wars: 

And much more besides!

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evolution and climate education and threats to them.


Glenn Branch
Deputy Director
National Center for Science Education, Inc.
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