While the United States prepares for what promises to be yet another intense presidential election in 2016, science-related topics are once again expected to be at the forefront of political debate. In general, American attitudes toward science, such as climate change and evolution, tend to be strongly linked toward their political or religious views- and we can be sure that candidates will cater their rhetoric to whatever they believe will be most appealing to voters… However, others warn against drawing conclusions too hastily from the PRC survey. While the margin of error was reported, the response rate for the survey and demographics were not reported, noted William Hallman, chair of the department of human ecology at Rutgers University. “This is potentially problematic because when response rates are low (which is often the case with telephone interviews) it is difficult to assure that you have a representative sample of the population,” he told GENeS, a journalist news service that solicits quotes from scientists commenting on the latest news in genetics and biotechnology, which was founded with seed money from the Genetic Literacy Project.
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