I am quite lucky that in my work I get to meet people from all over the political spectrum on a regular basis. Being a bridge between different groups is big part of my work outside of Against Crony Capitalism and it is very gratifying work.
But I am continually amazed by folks who exist within the mainstream news bubble in Washington DC. These are often brilliant people but they buy certain narratives without a second thought.
One of these narratives, perpetuated by the #oldmedia is that Tea Partiers constitute some sort of reactionary force clueless on matters of science.
I know this is not true. Polls have shown that Tea Party people tend to be better educated than the average American. They also tend to be more financially successful. It just makes sense that they would have high science comprehension scores. Many an engineer and/or doctor flies a little Gadsden Flag in his or her head.
But this absolutely blows minds on the “Left.” Check out the comments section after the attached article.
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.
But then again, I don’t know a single person who identifies with the Tea Party. 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 & Politico).
I’m a little embarrassed, but mainly I’m just glad that I no longer hold this particular mistaken view.