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The Sciences

Science & liberalism

Gene ExpressionBy Razib KhanMarch 28, 2009 11:38 PM

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Faith in science and social conservatism:

Except for crime and gun control, faith in science is associated with socially liberal positions. For guns and crime, the direction of the relationship is liberal, but the relationships are not statistically significant.

I've dug through the GSS on this and this seems about right. Even on topics where many would assume that conservatives trump liberals, there isn't a strong difference. For example, Genetically Modified Foods:

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The main exception seems nuclear energy. But the key is social liberalism; there's a lot of sympathy for economic neoliberalism among the technocracy. Or there was....

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