Think again, doomsayers.
A new study on the relationship between science literacy and political ideology conducted by Yale law professor Dan Kahan has found that, on average, while liberal-leaning people are more science literate than conservative-leaning people, those who identify as part of the Tea Party movement are better versed in science than those who don’t.
Kahan was so surprised by these results that he admits they actually embarrassed him:
“I’ve got to confess, though, I found this result surprising. As I pushed the button to run the analysis on my computer, I fully expected I’d be shown a modest negative correlation between identifying with the Tea Party and science comprehension,” Kahan wrote.
“But then again, I don’t know a single person who identifies with the tea party,” he continued. “All my impressions come from watching cable tv — & I don’t watch Fox News very often — and reading the ‘paper’ (New York Times daily, plus a variety of politics-focused Internet sites like Huffington Post and POLITICO). I’m a little embarrassed, but mainly, I’m just glad that I no longer hold this particular mistaken view.”
Kahan’s comments are irrefutable proof of the baselessly negative way in which the mainstream media paints the Tea Party. Contrary to what publications like the Huffington Post and New York Times purport, Tea Partiers are NOT a bunch of misinformed, ignorant radicals who put more trust in God and country than they do scientific fact. They are intelligent, educated, and just as informed as anyone else who actively participates in the political landscape.
So remember, liberals: Just because someone disagrees with you doesn’t mean they don’t know what they’re talking about.