When you hear a prominent Republican deny the existence of global warming or question the theory of evolution, it's hard not to laugh. Sometimes it seems like the right wing is getting less and less reality-based by the minute.
Well, it turns out it's not just your imagination…
Politically conservative Americans have lost trust in science over the last 40 years while moderates and liberals have remained constant in the stock they put in the scientific community, a new study finds.
The most educated conservatives have slipped the most, according to the research set to appear in the April issue of the journal American Sociological Review. The change in conservative attitudes likely has to do both with changes in the conservative movement and with changes in science's role in society…
At the beginning of the survey, in the 1970s, conservatives trusted science more than anyone, with about 48 percent evincing a great deal of trust. By 2010, the last year survey data was available, only 35 percent of conservatives said the same.
You see, when science was being used to build nukes, spaceships and other tools of world domination, conservatives loved science. But now that we're using it for godless stuff like stem cell research and curbing carbon emissions, turns out "science" and "facts" are just a bunch of socialist BS.
Of course, there is one problem with this study. There may be scientific proof that conservatives are getting willfully dumber, but as the study shows, conservatives don't believe in science anymore. It's a total catch-21. (That's the conservative version of a catch-22. They don't believe in math either.)
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