ICYMI: Pew Study Suggests Demographics Affect Science Views More Than Political Party

By Sameer Rao Jul 09, 2015

Although the thought of demographics—race, gender, religion, etc.—being strong determinants in people’s experiences and perspectives may not sound especially novel, what about views on science? 

A study released last week by the Pew Research Center asserts that demographic markers are stronger determinants in shaping views of science than political party affiliation—a surprising finding, given what the study describes as "a growing divide among Republicans and Democrats into ideologically uniform ‘silos.’" The study was conducted via a general public, "nationally representative" survey of 2002 people. 

Among the study’s findings (which you can read in full here) are a few which indicate certain trends among different races and ethnicities, including: 

—70% of Latinos polled believe that the climate is changing because of human activity, compared to 44% of non-Latino whites 
—57% of African-Americans don’t believe that population growth will be a major problem, while 61% of whites and 65% of Latinos say it will and there won’t be enough resources

(H/t National Geographic