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COnly Six Percent Of Scientists Are Republicans - Most Are Incapable of Grasping Basic Science Due To Their Drastically Inferior Intelligence
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Flush Limpballs
2019-03-21 23:39:32 UTC
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Only Six Percent Of Scientists Are Republicans: Pew Poll

A new study by the Pew Research Center finds that the GOP is
alienating scientists to a startling degree.

Only six percent of America's scientists identify themselves as
Republicans; fifty-five percent call themselves Democrats. By
comparison, 23 percent of the overall public considers itself
Republican, while 35 percent say they're Democrats.

The ideological discrepancies were similar. Nine percent of
scientists said they were "conservative" while 52 percent
described themselves as "liberal," and 14 percent "very
liberal." The corresponding figures for the general public were
37, 20 and 5 percent.

Among the general public, moderates and independents ranked
higher than any party or ideology. But among scientists, there
were considerably more Democrats (55%) than independents (32%)
and Republicans (6%) put together. There were also more
liberals (52%) than moderates (35%) and conservatives (9%)
combined.

"These results were not a complete surprise," said Scott
Keeter, Director of Survey Research at Pew, in an interview
with the Huffington Post. He said they can be mostly attributed
to "the difference between Democratic and Republican parties
with respect to issues."

The wide ideological and partisan gap among scientists may have
been exacerbated by the Bush administration, which often
disputed broad scientific consensus on topics such as evolution
and climate change.

Keeter acknowledged this factor, but said that "many of these
disputes probably predate the Bush administration," noting that
scientists have favored liberal views in numerous past studies.

Religion also plays a role. Republicans tend to promote the
centrality of religion more often than Democrats, and while 95
percent of the public said they believe in "God" or "a higher
power," only 51 percent of scientists claimed either.

"Many Republicans, especially the Evangelical wing of the
party, are skeptical of evolution, and have argued for the
teaching of creationism and intelligent design in school," said
Keeter.

The results could merely be a reflection of how scientists see
the world, rather than of partisan loyalties. In a series of
questions posed, the study found that the answers of scientists
were consistently more in line with liberal viewpoints than
those of the general public.

"The Republican Party has a number of leaders within it who
have challenged the accuracy of scientific findings on issues
such as climate change, evolution and stem cell research,"
Keeter told the Huffington Post.

"It suggests that scientists who are Republicans might feel
some dissonance from the party's position on some things that
are important to them. And while there are Republicans in the
scientist sample, there are really not that many," he said.



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Expert credibility in climate change

1. William R. L. Anderegga,1,
2. James W. Prallb,
3. Jacob Haroldc, and
4. Stephen H. Schneidera,d,1

Abstract

Although preliminary estimates from published literature and
expert surveys suggest striking agreement among climate
scientists on the tenets of anthropogenic climate change (ACC),
the American public expresses substantial doubt about both the
anthropogenic cause and the level of scientific agreement
underpinning ACC. A broad analysis of the climate scientist
community itself, the distribution of credibility of dissenting
researchers relative to agreeing researchers, and the level of
agreement among top climate experts has not been conducted and
would inform future ACC discussions. Here, we use an extensive
dataset of 1,372 climate researchers and their publication and
citation data to show that (i) 97–98% of the climate
researchers most actively publishing in the field support the
tenets of ACC outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change, and (ii) the relative climate expertise and
scientific prominence of the researchers unconvinced of ACC are
substantially below that of the convinced researchers.

http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2010/06/04/1003187107.abstract
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Klaus Schadenfreude
2019-03-21 23:43:43 UTC
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On Thu, 21 Mar 2019 23:39:32 +0000 (UTC), Flush Limpballs
Post by Flush Limpballs
Only Six Percent Of Scientists Are Republicans: Pew Poll
A new study by the Pew Research Center finds that the GOP is
alienating scientists to a startling degree.
In order to show alienation you'd have to show that they switched
parties. You can't.

Most likely that's because you're an idiot.

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