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Only 6% of Scientists are Republican August 6, 2009

Posted by Dwight Furrow in Dwight Furrow's Posts, Science, Teaching.
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Professors in the humanities and social sciences tend overwhelming to be liberal and vote Democratic, according to some studies. Unsurprisingly, conservatives have accused academia of discrimination in its hiring practices although no evidence of overt discrimination has surfaced.

It is more difficult to plausibly charge discrimination in light of this recent study, via Leiter Reports:

A new Pew study finds that just 6% of scientists are Republicans.

How would partisan politics enter into hiring decisions regarding biochemists, physicists, or astronomers?

As Brian Leiter remarks:

So this raises the question whether other factors are at work in explaining political party affiliation.  A serious investigation of the question would have to consider what role intelligence, emotional or psychological health, and/or bigotry play in explaining why the Republican Party can attract only a small minority of intellectuals and scholars to its ranks any longer.


book-section-book-cover2 Dwight Furrow is author of

Reviving the Left: The Need to Restore Liberal Values in America

or Visit the Website: www.revivingliberalism.com



1. Paul J. Moloney - August 7, 2009

It shows that the majority of those that accept determinism are also liberal, which seems to imply that determinism and liberalism are not incompatible.

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