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Trust in science fell among self-identified conservatives by more than 25 percent between 1974 and 2010, according to a study released today by the American Sociological Review. Trust in science among those who self-identify as liberals and moderates remained stable.


Though Gauchat's work focuses on the growing division between conservatives and liberals, the group the most distrustful of science is comprised of self-identified moderates. Since 1974, moderates' trust in science is considerably lower than that of conservatives and liberals. "Historically, more people characterize themselves as 'moderates' than as either liberals or conservatives," Kahan said. "Conservatives, then, have been historically more trusting than most ordinary, non-partisan citizens," he said.
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