22 Aug '11, 5pm

A Fundamental Republican Science Problem

Many efforts to gauge why most Republicans reject or doubt the science pointing to risks from unabated emissions of greenhouse gases are issue-centric. It’s fossil fuel money . It’s disinformation campaigns that spin scientific complexity and some overheated warming rhetoric into a carbon-tax conspiracy. Those factors are out there. But a more fundamental explanation is hinted at in polling on broader attitudes on science. The bottom line continues to be that belief, particularly religious belief, trumps data. (Keep in mind that belief sometimes trumps data for other political factions, as well, on issues like nuclear power .) [2:02 p.m. | Updated In a comment below , Dan Kahan, a Yale researcher who studies how values shape people's perceptions of information, adds important context, asserting that religiosity, per se , doesn't appear to be the issue.] Gallup polling on e...

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