All of that is not too surprising for those of us who're studying why the same science means different things to different people. Case in point, a study by Michael Cacciatore, Andy Binder, Bret Shaw and myself on how partisanship colors views of science, on both sides of the political aisle:
Cacciatore, M. A., Binder, A. R., Scheufele, D. A., & Shaw, B. R. (2013). Public attitudes toward biofuels: Effects of knowledge, political partisanship, and media use. Politics and the Life Sciences, 31(1-2), 36-51. doi: 10.2990/31_1-2_36.
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Dietram A. Scheufele holds the John E. Ross Chair in Science Communication at the +University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is Co-PI of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University. He has published over 130 peer-refereed articles, book chapters and monographs dealing with public opinion on emerging technologies and the political effects of mass communication.
Scheufele has been a tenured faculty member at +Cornell University a Shorenstein fellow at +Harvard University, and -- most recently -- a DAAD Visiting Professor at the +Technische Universität Dresden. His consulting experience includes work for PBS, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and other corporate and public sector clients in China, Malaysia, the U.A.E., and the U.S.
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