When Gallup asked Americans how much confidence they had in science in 1975, the party groups varied little in their responses. At that time, Republicans (72%) were slightly more likely than Democrats (67%) to say they had “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in science.
Compared with that earlier survey, Republican confidence in science has fallen 27 percentage points, and independents have dropped eight points, while Democrats’ confidence has increased by 12 points.
The current 34-point party gap in confidence in science is among the largest Gallup measured for any of the institutions in this year’s poll, exceeded only by a 49-point party divide in ratings of the presidency and 45 points in ratings of the police.
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