In 2006, Jon Miller et al. released a study titled Public Acceptance of Evolution that compiled the results of an ongoing survey asking people from all over the world to answer “true” or “false” to the following question:
“Human beings as we know them, developed from earlier species of animals”.
While the article itself requires an active subscription to access it, the above cartoon from Calamities of Nature tells you everything you need to know about the results.
In short, as a country’s overall wealth increases so does the percentage of people who accept evolutionary theory. Unless you’re the USA - not so much, in that case.
This is not really a revelation as it is widely understood that an increase in wealth will lead to a more educated, culturally aware population, but it is an interesting statistic that is well-presented.
It also does a nice job of shining a spotlight on the ongoing struggle for rationality in the US.