Where will the GOP's disdain of science lead the USA?
Unless the changes underway in the GOP lead to its ultimate implosion, it’s safe to say that the party will continue for many years to come to exert a substantial deal of influence over US politics and thus policy. A new study shows that trust in science has fallen to an all-time low within the ranks of the new GOP. Only 35% of Republicans now say they have a great deal of trust in science. That is down 28 points from the mid-1970s. In a world that is increasingly dominated by technological advancement, what does it imply when one of the two major US political party’s increasingly becomes dominated by Luddites?
Can science do something to redeem its reputation with the GOP, or are the religious right and corporatist apologists who have become so dominant in modern Republican politics so immune to evidence that any effort exerted by the reality based community is irrelevant?