Why Has Republican Belief in Evolution Declined So Much?

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    Jan 02, 2014 10:02 PM GMT
    A good article in Atlantic magazine explores the trend against accepting science by Republican voters.

    "One possibility is that respondents who identified as Republican and believed in evolution in 2009 are no longer identifying as Republicans. Fewer scientists, for example, are reportedly identifying with the GOP, and the overall trend is for fewer Americans to call themselves Republicans."

    Elsewhere in the article, one reason is suggested as
    " an emotional response by Republicans to being out of power. Among others, Chris Mooney has argued that beliefs on politically contentious topics are often more rooted in opposition to perceived attacks than anything else—an instance of "motivated reasoning."
    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/12/why-has-republican-belief-in-evolution-declined-so-much/282730/

    What do you think?
  • conservativej...

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    Jan 03, 2014 12:33 AM GMT
    I personally think many Republicans have come to the point that they are separating the origin of life from the evolutionary process. They are in fact returning to a long standing position that evolution occurs across all biological systems but that does not imply where a species origin began.
  • HottJoe

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    Jan 03, 2014 12:37 AM GMT
    Because they're desperate for a miracle.icon_rolleyes.gif
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 04, 2014 7:35 PM GMT
    Because the NARROW MINDED, BIBLE THUMPING SCREWBALLS took over the GOP and turned it into their personal theocracy.
  • HottJoe

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    Jan 04, 2014 8:08 PM GMT
    How long will it take the republicans to evolve?

    (and do we have time to wait?!)
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    Jan 04, 2014 9:39 PM GMT
    "a long-running ploy by Republican party leaders to play on the most base convictions of conservative voters in order to solidify their support. Convince people that they’re fighting a religious war for religious freedom, a war in which passion and devotion are one’s weapons against doubt and confusion, and you make loyal soldiers.

    There has been anti-science propagandizing running unchecked on the right for years, from anti-gay-equality misinformation to climate change denials."

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/04/opinion/blow-indoctrinating-religious-warriors.html?_r=0

    The article is titled Indoctrinating Religious Warriors and I think it gives a good synopsis of why we have this current political war against scientific reasoning.