Democrats are significantly more likely than independents and Republicans to believe that astrology is scientifically based, according to research by the National Science Foundation. Jim Lindgren at the Volokh Conspiracy broke down the seven political groups with the highest belief in the pseudoscience, finding that the top three groups were all Democrats of various stripes. Democrats were followed on this list by moderates and independents. No Republicans appeared on the list. Here’s a teaser:
1. Conservative DemocratsIn the 2012 General Social Survey, 56.9 percent of conservative Democrats believe that astrology is very or sort of scientific, while only 43.1 percent believe that it is not scientific at all. This support for astrology is the highest among 15 overlapping political groups.2. Moderate DemocratsThe political group that is second most likely to believe in astrology is moderate Democrats. A majority of them — 52.0 percent — think that astrology is at least sort of scientific.3. Democrats (overall)Although liberal Democrats are insignificantly less likely than average to believe in astrology (43.5 percent), the difference is not enough to offset the beliefs of moderate and conservative Democrats. Thus, Democrats overall are in the third position, with nearly half (49.1 percent) believing in astrology.
We actually think there is plenty of stupidity to go around in both parties, but the smugness with which so many Democrats attack the GOP as the party of science deniers makes this a story worth noting.