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Democrats and Republicans Feel Differently About Science


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Sixty-four percent of Americans have a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in science, according to Gallup’s annual Confidence in Institutions survey. The uncreatively-named survey has tracked Americans’ confidence in various institutions since 1973, but hasn’t asked about science since 1975.


A tale of two parties:


Seventy-nine percent of Democrats have a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in science, up from 67% in 1975. Comparatively, only 45% of Republicans have a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in science today, down from 72% in 1975.


The 34-point gap between the parties regarding science is the third largest among any of the institutions in the survey, finishing behind the police (45-point difference) and the presidency (49-point difference).


For what it’s worth, a different Gallup poll from April found 82% of Democrats think the effects of global warming have already begun, compared to only 29% of Republicans.


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