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Table 4 The percentage share of different categories for knowledge about evolution, acceptance of evolution, and religious faith

From: European first-year university students accept evolution but lack substantial knowledge about it: a standardized European cross-country assessment

  Percentage (%)
Biology-related Non-biology Total
Acceptance
 Acceptance (35–40) 36.5 27.7 34.0
 Rather acceptance (29–34) 44.5 45.1 44.7
 Indifferent position (20–28) 17.7 25.4 19.9
 Rather rejection (14–19) 0.9 1.2 1.0
 Rejection (8–12) 0.3 0.5 0.4
 n 6065 2470 8526
Knowledge
 High knowledge (12) 0.1 0.0 0.1
 Rather high knowledge (10–11) 4.2 0.8 0.3
 Moderate knowledge (8–9) 21.2 6.3 17.0
 Low knowledge (6–7) 27.1 16.6 24.1
 Very low knowledge (0–5) 47.4 76.3 55.5
 n 5616 2189 7805
Religious faith
 Very religious (43–50) 15.0 24.7 17.8
 Religious (35–42) 12.9 19.9 14.9
 Indifferent position (26–34) 17.5 20.6 18.4
 Not religious (18–25) 14.1 10.5 13.1
 Not religious at all (10–17) 40.5 24.3 35.7
 n 5912 2441 8353
  1. Acceptance of evolution (ATEVO; Beniermann 2019): score range: 8–40; knowledge about evolution (KAEVO; Kuschmierz et al. 2020a): score range: 0–12; religious faith (PERF; Beniermann 2019): score range: 10–50. Displayed are shares within categories (Beniermann 2019; Kuschmierz et al. 2020a) of ATEVO, KAEVO, and PERF