Very disheartening, although I have to say it's at least some relief to see that the misconceptions here in the US aren't a global trend. Here is a good New Scientist article analyzing the causes for America's trouble with grasping the issue The main culprits seem to be a type of Christian fundamentalism that is largely unique to the US, in addition to misinformation about the basic processes/concepts of evolution.
    It would be very eye-opening for many people if they would make a basic effort to inform themselves about what they claim to disagree with.