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Study: Trust in science among educated conservatives plunges

Conservatives, particularly those with college educations, have become dramatically more skeptical of science over the past four decades, according to a study published in the April issue of the American Sociological Review. Fewer than 35 percent of conservatives say they have a "great deal" of trust in the scientific community now, compared to nearly half in 1974.

"The scientific community ... has been concerned about this growing distrust in the public with science. And what I found in the study is basically that's really not the problem. The growing distrust of science is entirely focused in two groups—conservatives and people who frequently attend church," says the study's author, University of North Carolina postdoctoral fellow Gordon Gauchat.

In fact, in 1974, people who identified as conservatives were among the most confident in science as an institution, with liberals traili

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  • science is still science with the correct procedures, evidence, fact and proof

    however science is constantly changing, nothing is ever set in stone

    the biggest factor is that science has become HIGHLY politicized the last 20 years

    scientists can't go about their work without some douche bags slithering in with some political influence

    you can't get funding from the government without getting political

    almost nobody can view science objectively without bias....its a sad day

    and people wonde More..

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    • @mylostsoul
      Good comment. Science ceases to be science the split second someone, anyone, has sway over the results because of politics, opinion or childhood disorders.

      By the way, regarding the "all fours" comment: I really think it was a big mistake the day our species came down out of the trees to start with. Just sayin'.

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    • @HYPERTECKER anyone MORONIC enough to bash on Stephen Hawking isn't worth my time.. or worthy to lick his fucking wheelchairs wheels!

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  • I can explain it in two words."global warming". The "scientific community" LIED about the data. They had a political agenda and it was found out. They then LIED about LYING about the data.The big question is why the liberals are so anxious to belive and stand behind these obvious LIES and fabrication's! Thanks TB

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  • Science is for losers...I always go by my gut!

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  • 'study'

    LOL!

    more like typical left wing propaganda.

    I have a ton of left wing liberal professors in college that think the same way, and do 'study' with the similar, predictable results...they are intolerant and hateful...yet they worship Obama like a cult icon.

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    • @VikingRapeSquad You keep calling people hateful... but I always see you jerking off to videos of non-whites being injured/killed... hmm! Methinks the pot doth call the kettle black.

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  • ha.......... I LOVE stories like this....
    Idiot christ-tards.. hey go protest gravity and AGING next, you fucking Luddites!

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    • @Moore Slayer I dont have to be a particle-physicist, or a genetic engineer, to call out raging Idiocy...

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  • Further proof that all conservatives are idiots.

    http://chrisevans3d.com/files/iq.htm

    Blaahahahaha.

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