Science vs. public
July 24, 2012 1 Comment
There was a nice report that went along with last week’s Pew science quiz. The full report looked at the public’s opinion of science and scientists. Short version: the opinion of science/scientists has slipped (I blame Republicans). What I found most interesting was the comparison of beliefs of scientists vs. the general public:
Also interesting to see what a liberal lot, scientists are:
Cannot say I find that surprising and it strikes me largely as self selection. One becomes a scientist for the pursuit of knowledge, not wealth. Throw in the fact that Republicans have been on an anti-elite/anti-science crusade for some time, and it’s not wonder only 6% of scientists consider themselves Republicans.