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Table 1 List of assertions and survey results

From: Accepting and understanding evolution in Italy: a case study from a selected public attending a Darwin Day celebration

  Assertion Answer % correct % wrong % DK
A1 All living species are the result of evolutionary processes TRUE 93.5 8 1.6
A2 Evolution results in progress FALSE 59.7 28.2 12.1
A3 Evolution is the gradual transformation of single individuals FALSE 59.7 29.8 10.5
A4 Evolution is still happening TRUE 100 - -
A5 Humans and chimps share a common ancestor TRUE 85.5 8.9 5.6
A6 Humans are the final and best result of evolution FALSE 76.6 10.5 12.9
A7 Natural selection involves organisms striving to adapt FALSE 46.8 48.4 4.8
A8 The most recent scientific discoveries contradict evolution FALSE 79 12.1 8.9
  1. DK: “don’t know”.