Nick Thompson says that the Republicans have a science problem-as much political & cultural as it is technical. One thing Nick overlooks is that most “scientists” in America today are probably engineers, not Ph.D.s in the natural sciences, and they trend Republican….
Update from Razib: Larson & Witham’s surveys of Ph.D. holding natural scientists in the mid-90s indicated that 60% were non-theists. The percentages were higher in academia than they were among government & private sector scientists. Additionally, a follow-up survey of National Academy of Science members indicates that 90% are non-theists. There is a high correlation between religiosity & political affiliation-the “seculars” vote Democrat as much as the “religious right” votes Republican. This is probably the simplest explanation.