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The Politics of Science

A recent Pew survey has found that more than half of scientists, about 55 percent, consider themselves Democrats, compared with 35 percent of the public who identified as such, says The Intersection's Chris Mooney. About 52 percent of scientists call themselves liberals, while only 20 percent of the public does so. So, Mooney asks, why are scientists more liberal than conservative? It's not enough to say that "really smart people are liberals" because there are many smart conservatives too, Mooney says. But there could be other reasons, including that academia is a liberal environment and could influence many scientists, or that most smart conservatives tend to get out of academia and go into the business world very quickly.

Daily Scan wants to know, why do you think there are more liberal than conservative scientists?

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