Either the United States citizens are frighteningly uneducated or they are horrifyingly subservient to church teachings (which I don't believe even go against evolution anymore, with the exception of wacko fundamentalist wackos). It's not a real stunner that our elected officials can't move forward with the 20th century science of climate change when only 40% of Americans even "believe" in the 19th century science of evolution. I'm hoping that the way this question was worded confused the 60% of the country that were too stupid to answer Yes. Otherwise, wow. Stupidity is preferred to fundamentalism in my book, although they pretty much go hand in hand.
Evolution Acceptance by Country
This chart depicts the public acceptance of evolution theory in 34 countries in 2005. Adults were asked to respond to the statement: "Human beings, as we know them, developed from earlier species of animals." The percentage of respondents who believed this to be true is marked in blue; those who believed it to be false, in red; and those who were not sure, in yellow.
A study of several such surveys taken since 1985 has found that the United States ranks next to last in acceptance of evolution theory among nations polled. Researchers point out that the number of Americans who are uncertain about the theory's validity has increased over the past 20 years.
Chart courtesy Jon Miller, et al./Science