25 May 2011

Our Ideological Lenses

According to an opinion poll taken last week, 57% of the French public and 70% who identify as supporters of the Socialist party believe that Dominque Strauss-Kahn's arrest in New York was the result of a conspiracy to set him up. 

It is information like this that leads me to look at data on public understanding of science -- with all of its revelations about how little the public knows compared to the relevant experts -- as a glass half full not half empty.  In fact, it is somewhat remarkable that most of the public often (but not always) gets most issues mostly right.

(H/T The Monkey Cage)