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We examine issues involving science which have been contested in recent public debate. These “contested science” issues include human evolution, stem-cell research, and climate change. We find that few respondents evince consistently skeptical attitudes toward science issues, and that religious variables are generally strong predictors of attitudes toward individual issues. Furthermore, and contrary to analyses of elite discourse, partisan identification is not generally predictive of attitudes toward contested scientific issues.


Climate change; Climatic changes; Evolution; Evolution (Biology); Human evolution; Partisanship; Religion; Science; Stem cell research; Stem cells--Research


American Politics | Cell and Developmental Biology | Climate | Ecology and Evolutionary Biology | Political Science | Religion

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