09 July 2009

Only 6% of Scientists Self-Identify as Republicans

Thanks to Matt Nisbet for pointing me to a new Pew Report on opinions about and of scientists. He has a nice overview of broader take home messages here. In taking a quick look at the report I was surprised to see that only 6% of scientists identify themselves as Republicans, see below. It puts an interesting twist on the conflicts between the Bush Administration and the scientific community. For more on the partisan proclivities of the scientific community see Dan Sarewitz's excellent recent piece on "The Rightful Place of Science" (PDF).