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Republicans more skeptical of astrology than Democrats

Gene ExpressionBy Razib KhanAug 27, 2011 2:30 AM

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Someone on twitter was curious about GOP attitudes toward astrology. I left the party breakdown out of the previous post because ideology accounts for most party differences. In other words, conservatives are more skeptical of astrology than liberals, and Republicans more than Democrats, but the second result just seems to emerge from the Republican's greater conservatism.

Why are independents so gullible? It probably has to do with their lower average intelligence (this goes for moderates too). So I simply limited the sample to those with at least bachelor's degrees to control for intelligence:

Astrology very scientificAstrology somewhat scientificAstrology not scientific

Strong Democrat63163

Democrat73063

Lean Democrat42867

Independent73757

Lean Republican32671

Republican42175

Strong Republican42076

The distinctiveness of independents diminishes somewhat, but Democrats with college degrees or more remain more gullible than Republicans with the same (the difference remains if you control for sex by the way).

Limited to those with college degrees or more

Astrology very scientificAstrology somewhat scientificAstrology not scientific

Strong Democrat32176

Democrat41779

Lean Democrat22178

Independent42275

Lean Republican1990

Republican01188

Strong Republican11089

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