Not even apathy, just simply laziness. And many of them are hard-working people. Who just figure they'll let other's do that mumbo jumbo that makes the cellular phones work, or medicines work. And then they elect these people, who go directly against their betterment. And these other people.. keep reinforcing ignorance, and focus on all the things that don't frakking matter.
Gah... what's it going to take? An extinction level event? Even then I'm guessing folks will just shrug and bury their heads in the sand, even though we could avoid the problems, with the knowledge and science we have in this world.