Friday, November 23, 2012

Voters seem to want to protect education and science.

The Pew Research Center has recently released poll results relevant to the discussions of the fiscal cliff. I have copied three results specifically relevant to "knowledge for development". In each case, the red bar is for Romney voters and the blue for Obama voters.
The first thing to notice is that it is only a minority in each party that would favor reducing college student loan funding, or reducing scientific research, or reducing funding for education. Thus it seems clear that the voters don't want the politicians to make cuts in these areas that are vital for long term growth of the nation.

It is also clear that there is significantly less confidence in education and research and development among Romney voters than among Obama voters. I suspect that is a reflection of a wing of the right wing who distrust science and distrust the highly educated.

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