Story at a glance:
- Forty five percent of Republicans have either a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in science. .
- More than 40 years ago, Republicans had more confidence in science than Democrats.
- The average adult at 33 percent either has "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in public institutions.
Republicans are believing science less nowadays, as a recent Gallup poll shows that 45 percent of them have either a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in science.
Compared to the same party more than 40 years ago, Republicans were 72 percent confident with the institutes of science.
In 1975, Republicans were considerably trusting of science as much as independents at 73 percent and more than Democrats at 65 percent.
In 2021, however, after years of Republican leadership defying the scientific community, especially during the pandemic when attitudes toward mask mandates and advisories, COVID-19 vaccination, and general seriousness of getting COVID-19, believing in science has become a partisan issue.
Democrats over the years have trusted science more, 79 percent as of 2021, but independents have become more cynical at 65 percent as of 2021.
The drop in faith in science among Republicans and independents alike coincides with Americans who have less faith in public institutions.
The average adult at 33 percent either has "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in 14 institutions in 2020, the second lowest percentage in a decade. Compared between 2001 and 2003, at 43 percent, people had more faith in the public school system, the medical system, small business, and church or organized religion, and the banks.
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