Saturday, May 05, 2007

Conservatives & Darwin   posted by Razib @ 5/05/2007 09:45:00 AM

The New York Times has an article up about the recent AEI event (which you can watch online), Darwinism and Conservatism: Friends or Foes?. Let me reiterate what I've stated before, if you do a head count, "against Darwin or not?," the 1/3 of Americans who would self-label as "conservative" would mostly be against (see the opinions of white Evangelicals here). That being said, there does exist a "split" among elite conservatives. Humans have multiple affiliations and affinities, and Jonah Goldberg's embarrassment is comprehensible via his identity as a member of the East Coast Pundit Class. If you weight sentiment about Creationism, assign it a positive or negative value, and sum across all self-identified conservatives, I suspect the value would be much closer to 0 then you would have expected because of the shallowness of negative sentiment and the intensity of feeling from the elites.*

Related: TNR surveys conservative movers and shakers.

* And of course, no on really knows much about the process of evolution. It's more a cultural marker.