Section 4: Scientists, Politics and Religion | Pew Research Center for the People and the Press PRINCETON, NJ -- The majority of Republicans in the United States do not believe the theory of evolution is true and do not believe that humans evolved over millions of years from less advanced forms of life. This suggests that when three Republican presidential candidates at a May debate stated they did not believe in evolution, they were generally in sync with the bulk of the rank-and-file Republicans whose nomination they are seeking to obtain. Majority of Republicans Doubt Theory of Evolution Of those who identify as Republicans, about 49 percent said in the 2001 Gallup survey that they believe the effects of global warming have already begun a number that dropped to 29 percent in 2010. Meanwhile, the percentage of Democrats who believe global warming has already begun increased from about 60 in 2001 to 70 in 2010. All told, the gap between these believers in the two parties increased from 11 percent in 2001 to 41 percent in 2010. A similar trend held for people who identify as either conservative or liberal. When it came to believing that global warming has already begun, the gap between conservatives and liberals increased from about 18 percent in 2001 to 44 percent in 2010. Among liberals and Democrats, having a college degree increases the likelihood of reporting beliefs consistent with the scientific consensus. Yet, among conservatives and Republicans, having a college degree often decreases the likelihood of reporting such beliefs. Political parties increasingly divided over global warming | MSU News | Michigan State University House GOP Unveils Plan To Cut Job Training And Education Programs Republicans target health, education for cuts Then you start going state by state and you get these types of reports: Senate Republicans pass $30 million cut to higher education | The Daily A Closer Look: After Gutting Health And Education Funding, Idaho Republicans Advanc Bill To Cut Top Tax Rate And Corporate Tax Guided by their tough position against taxes, and spurred on by what they saw as voter distaste toward big government, Republicans in many states made deep cuts, sometimes even when they had other options available. An expected $4 billion cut to public schools in Texas, for instance, comes despite the state having more than $6 billion in its rainy-day fund. In an era of one-party rule, Republicans pass a sweeping state agenda ------------------------------------------------------------------- Honestly, I don't know what else to say. So called "liberal" science has brought us ALL of our "useful" science. Conservative science? Not sure what that is. You can find entire organizations online with "black scientists" generating an interest in science among you blacks, the same with gays and women. But "conservative" science and scientists? Couldn't find one and I looked. So does the right wing deserve this devastating reputation? Seems likely.