Study: Liberals and conservatives are both biased against science

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While conservatives are often stereotyped as being "anti-science," new research from The Ohio State University says that when it comes to ignoring scientists' recommendations, liberals may be the pot calling the kettle black.

Americans across the political spectrum reject scientific claims which counteract their own preset opinions, the researchers found, especially if those opinions are about testy political issues. Though conservatives did have stronger reactions to scientific claims that challenged their views, both groups lost trust in science when it contradicted their beliefs.

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