Should politicians discuss #science?

Poll from Research!America and ScienceDebate.org:

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Anti-Science Party? 49% of Republicans don’t believe in evolution, 66% don’t believe in global warming – small poll #facepalm

pppThe above poll results are from Public Policy Polling between Feb 20-22, 2015. The poll only includes 316 Republican primary voters, so it is quite a small sample. BUT, this type of polling could explain why most Republican candidates come across as anti-science, or at least seem to waffle or be strongly against supporting evolution and/or global warming. I wonder if results would vary at all if the poll had used ‘climate change’ instead of ‘global warming’… which it definitely should have.

AAAS and Pew poll confirms differing opinions between public and scientists on science-related issues.

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If you haven’t already seen the public and scientist opinion poll put out yesterday by AAAS and Pew Research Center, its a must see (the featured tweet above is satire based on a CauseScience hashtag)! If you’ve been paying attention, there isn’t anything overly surprising – scientists and the general public have differing views on many science-related issues. A nice summary of the poll is here at NBCNews.com. Some major highlights of the in-depth poll include:

– Should animals be used in research? 89 percent of the scientists said yes, as opposed to 47 percent of the public.

– Is it safe to eat foods grown with pesticides? 68 percent of the scientists agreed, compared with 28 percent of the public.

– Is climate change caused mostly by human activity? 87 percent yes from the scientists, 50 percent yes from the public.

– Have humans evolved over time? 98 percent yes from the scientists, 65 percent yes from the public.

– Should more offshore oil drilling be allowed? 32 percent yes from the scientists, 52 percent yes from the public.

– Should more nuclear power plants be built? 65 percent yes from the scientists, 45 percent yes from the public.

– Should parents be allowed to decide not to have their children vaccinated? 13 percent yes from the scientists, 30 percent yes from the public.

In good news from the poll:

Science holds an esteemed place among citizens and professionals. Americans recognize the accomplishments of scientists in key fields and, despite considerable dispute about the role of government in other realms, there is broad public support for government investment in scientific research.

Do disparities in scientific training between institutions need to be equalized? Take the CauseScience poll

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Paul C. Jordan has written a letter to Science Magazine, “Give young scientists a level playing field.” Jordan’s main point in the letter is that scientists trained across the US at different institutions have widely different career training and opportunities. Jordan suggests that these differences are due to disparities in funding between different institutions.

For example, industrial scientists may regularly present research and recruit at high-level institutions because a funded seminar series exists. Meanwhile, Ph.D. students at other institutions may never see an industrial scientist on their campus over an entire doctoral degree.

And with funding rates continually decreasing, this disparity is only becoming worse. Jordan proposes that funding agencies should develop a strategic plan for development of young scientists at all institutions, including creation of a steering committee and structured goals in order to ‘level the playing field’. What do you think??

Poll: Most Americans are suffering from FEAR-BOLA, anti-science views on #Ebola Quarantine!

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A Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that most Americans are suffering from FEAR-BOLA and are either ignorant of science or completely anti-science. Exactly demonstrating why Maine nurse Kaci Hickox needs to fight against FEAR-BOLA!

Nearly 75 percent of Americans surveyed in a Reuters/Ipsos poll believe medics returning to the United States after treating people with Ebola should be quarantined, and 80 percent believe the healthcare workers’ movements should be controlled.

About a quarter of Americans polled seemed immune to FEAR-BOLA. A bizarre 1 in 6 polled seem entirely clueless about anything at all, and don’t support any type of monitoring, despite the facts that this is probably a good idea.

A quarter of poll respondents thought quarantines were unnecessary for healthcare workers, and about one in six respondents thought such workers should neither monitor their health themselves nor be actively monitored by officials.

Regardless of quarantine support, most Americans polled did seem to have the basic understanding that monitoring returning healthcare workers is important in fighting the spread of ebola.

Nearly 82 percent of respondents thought any travelers who have recently been in Guinea, Sierra Leone or Liberia should be actively monitored by officials, and 85 percent thought this should apply to returning medics.

Unnecessary #Ebola fear fueled by media and politicians – calls for CDC Tom Frieden to resign #headslap

Despite that fact that Ebola is essentially a non-risk for Americans, Ebola is everywhere in the American news. In fact, a poll showed that 40% of Americans think they are at risk for getting Ebola. Not a day goes by without a news article or interview featuring CDC Director Tom Frieden or NIH NIAID Director Tony Fauci. Both of these men have communicated the facts about the Ebola outbreak, both in West Africa and in the United States, to the American people. AMAZINGLY, this is not actually either of their jobs’. This is the job of the US Surgeon General – which we currently don’t have due to Congress and the NRA. Over the last week, with flaws in the response to the Ebola patients in Dallas, Republicans and others in the media have criticized the CDC and Tom Frieden. They have even called for him to resign! First, Democrats blamed Republicans for the Ebola response due to funding cuts to the CDC, NIH, and hospitals. Now we have Republicans blaming the ebola response on poor leadership of Democratic appointees. The politicization of Ebola in America is ridiculous. The only impact Ebola will likely have in America is a lot of unnecessary fear created by the media and politicians – for their own gain.

Meanwhile, America and its politicians are still doing too little to fight the REAL Ebola outbreak in West Africa, where it is actually a problem impacting thousands of people. Not fighting the outbreak in West Africa is what is putting Americans at risk. With that, and to try to get more interaction at CauseScience, I present a poll on whether you think Tom Frieden should resign from the CDC>? I’m pretty sure you can guess where I stand…