It makes sense, after all - believing in God doesn't mean you automatically think climate change is a hoax (it isn't) or that vaccines cause autism (they don't). Best of all, I think, was the strong support given to sound science in policy specifically from Republicans. The survey suggested that Republicans oppose political censorship of scientific reports more strongly than Democrats do. I'll be honest - this surprised me a little bit. But then, it was a Republican who tweeted this:
To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.I guess what's so confusing to me then, is this poll seems to fly in the face of beltway punditry conventional wisdom. Nobody in DC ever thought Jon Huntsman had a chance to win the GOP nomination for President, and this tweet even prompted remarks from "leading" commentators how this eliminated any remote possibility of winning. During the presidential primaries, all of the candidates either backed away from previous pro-science positions, fudged, or outright denied overwhelming scientific consensus.
— Jon Huntsman (@JonHuntsman) August 18, 2011
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But I thought it was a good time to remind everyone what evolution is and isn't - from credible, articulate voices. I'm so grateful to all the people who participated in this, and I hope we can do more things like it. The voters are apparently on our side - hopefully someday the politicians will follow their lead.