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Only 6 Percent of Scientists Are Republican. Is This a Problem?

Writing in Slate last week, Daniel Sarewitz worries that only 6 percent of scientists self-identify as Republican. But is this really a problem?


Writing in Slate last week, Daniel Sarewitz discusses a 2009 Pew poll that shows only 6 percent of scientists self-identify as Republican. That's compared to the 55 percent who identify as Democrats, 32 percent who identify as independent, and the rest, who "don't know" their affiliation.

It is, he suggests, a problem that needs to be rectified:

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