American political conservatism impedes the understanding of science

(via Pharyngula)

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The percentage of respondents believing in human evolution is plotted simultaneously against political view (conservative, moderate, liberal), education (high school or less, some college, graduate school), and respondent’s religious denomination (fundamentalist or not). Belief in evolution rises along with political liberalism, independently of control variables.

I’m not terribly surprised by these findings. It’s been my experience that there’s a correlation between political conservatism and a rejection of evolution (and science in general).

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