Does Activism in Social Science Explain Conservatives’ Distrust of Scientists?

  title={Does Activism in Social Science Explain Conservatives’ Distrust of Scientists?},
  author={Nathan Cofnas and Noah Carl and Michael A Woodley Of Menie},
  journal={The American Sociologist},
Data from the General Social Survey suggest that conservatives have become less trustful of scientists since the 1970s. Gauchat argues that this is because conservatives increasingly see scientific findings as threatening to their worldview. However, the General Social Survey data concern trust in scientists, not in science. We suggest that conservatives’ diminishing trust in scientists reflects the fact that scientists in certain fields, particularly social science, have increasingly adopted a… 

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