This worked pretty well before, so why not try again?
Recently I posted some data on right-left political outlooks, religion, and positions on disputed science issues and asked you, the 14.33 billion readers of this blog, to say what inferences the data support. The responses, including one submitted by Chris Mooney in his Washington Post Wonkblog, were really interesting, and led to an informative set of exchanges, which continued when I finally added my own assessment. I'm pretty confident the discussion wouldn't have been as enlightening had I offered my own views of the data in the original post.
Well, here's some more data!
These are all from the General Social Survey data set, 1973-2012. The question are ...
Do these data support inferences on the cause of public controversy over science issues such as climate change? In particular, how do they bear on the commonplace claim that such controversy originates in a growing "distrust"of or hostility toward science associated with right-of-center political outlooks?
Well, you tell me! I'll say nothing, nothing for at least 48 hours (±6 hrs).
Okay, I said I would hold back for a bit on my own conclusions, but here are a few reactions to these very data from others, just to prime the pump of reasoned engagement with evidence:
Hey--once again: prize to commentator who offers "best" interpretation (as determined by expert consensus survey)!