Taken from The New York Times
While I'll admit that this is an odd assortment of countries, it's likely this way so that the U.S. isn't solely compared to its fellow "first world" countries like Japan and those of the European Union. Having the fewest percentage of people who believe that they evolved from earlier species in that crowd doesn't quite frame where we in the U.S. stand, but throw in Malta, Slovenia, Latvia, Croatia, to name but a few, it's another matter all together. I suppose there's some comfort to be taken from the fact that we beat out the anchor country, Turkey, by a healthy margin, though it's hardly something to crow about.
How is it that in the country that's considered the most technologically advanced and dependent for its riches on science, we have so few people who fundamentally understand how biology works? Maybe it's not a matter of simply not understanding but more a matter of choosing not to understand, which is even scarier when you think about it. Whatever it might be, it is embarrassing and causes me no end to wonder as to where this country is going to go when so many are so ignorant, so unwilling to accept what their religion tells them differently, or just think of themselves as so plain special that the rules of biology just don't apply to them ... I'm afraid that there are likely more in the latter category than one would like to think.