Conservative anti-science

Chris Mooney has an interesting post, citing recent research by Gordon Gauchat that shows a noticeable decline in trust in science among political conservatives in the United States, over the past few decades.

There isn’t much that I know of in this sort of research that would help me estimate what the contribution of conservative religiosity is to the lack of trust in science. It could be interesting to disentangle, say, a supernaturalist reaction against the naturalistic tendency of modern science, and a right-wing libertarian worship of capitalism and consequent anti-environmentalist thinking. (Though it’s also interesting how many conservatives seamlessly combine the two.)

Does anyone know of any research relevant to such a question?

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Professor of physics at Truman State University