22% of Canadians believe God created humans as is ~10,000 years ago

The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) reported on the state of belief in evolution and creationism in Canada. The report comes from 2008. However, beliefs in a general population probably do not change that rapidly in even a decade.

According to the NCSE, about 3/5ths of the population accept evolution. The distinction between unguided and guided (theistic) evolution was unclear in the report. 1/5th believe God, presuming an Abrahamic God, created humans, or “Mankind,” 10,000 years ago or less.

Another 1/5th are unsure. 1,007 adults between July 29 and 30 in 2008 were interviewed. The margin of error becomes +/- 3.1%. Not bad, the report stated “virtually unchanged” results from a 2007 poll.

The suspicion over a decade may hold too. Some sub-demographics within Canada the same time, which may hold for the same time today as well. 69% of men believe in evolution.

48% of women believe in evolution. 67% of younger adults believe in evolution. 71% of university graduates believe in evolution. 40% of Alberta residents believe in evolution. 29% of Conservative Party supporters believe in evolution.

That is, if you are a Conservative Party member, resident of Alberta, non-university graduate, a woman, and an older adult, then you are most likely to reject evolution.


NCSE Staff. (2008, August 8). Polling creationism in Canada. Retrieved from https://ncse.com/news/2008/08/polling-creationism-canada-001375.

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen is the Founder of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. Jacobsen supports science and human rights.

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