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Does Activism in Social Science Explain Conservatives’ Distrust of Scientists?

Published on Mar 1, 2018in The American Sociologist
· DOI :10.1007/s12108-017-9362-0
Nathan Cofnas4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Balliol College),
Noah Carl7
Estimated H-index: 7
(Nuffield College)
Abstract
Data from the General Social Survey suggest that conservatives have become less trustful of scientists since the 1970s. Gauchat argues that this is because conservatives increasingly see scientific findings as threatening to their worldview. However, the General Social Survey data concern trust in scientists, not in science. We suggest that conservatives’ diminishing trust in scientists reflects the fact that scientists in certain fields, particularly social science, have increasingly adopted a liberal-activist stance, seeking to influence public policy in a liberal direction.
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