I sometimes think that we have it easy compared to American scientists. I tend to think of the theory of evolution having near-universal acceptance in this country, with just a few religious extremists on the wrong side of truth.
Perhaps I was wrong.
One statistic that is very worrying is the 22% believing in creationism (I refused to place 'intelligent' design as a separate theory). 10% of people believing in young Earth creationism is tragic.
I admit that as scientists we need to engage more with the public, but the theory of evolution has been well explained by numerous authors.
I genuinely feel despaired.