AMONG other things, the annual General Social Survey asked people: "I am going to name some institutions in this country. As far as the people running these institutions are concerned, would you say you have a great deal of confidence, only some confidence, or hardly any confidence at all in them?"
One institution mentioned was "the scientific community."
In 1974, 48 percent of conservatives had faith in the people running "the science community." That is now down to 34 percent.
Liberal commentators have mischaracterized these findings as evidence of conservatives' lack of faith in science itself.
That wasn't the case. As law professor Glenn Reynolds wrote in the New York Post, a study by Gordon Gauchat, a postdoctoral fellow in sociology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, suggested that the increasing use of science as ammo for big-government schemes has led to more skepticism.
"After a century of destructive and false scientific fads - ranging from eugenics to Paul Ehrlich's 'population bomb' scaremongering, among many others - the American public could probably do with more skepticism, not less," Reynolds wrote.
"If scientists want to be trusted, perhaps they should try harder to make sure that those who claim to speak for science are, you know, trust-worthy. Just a thought," Reynolds said.
JUDICIAL Watch in Washington notified Secretary of State Natalie Tennant that there are more people registered to vote in Boone and Lincoln counties than there are people 18 and older.
The organization said the state has until Aug. 8 to correct the situation or face legal action, WSAZ reported.
Tennant said the law requires a registered voter to remain on the voting rolls until he has missed two federal elections. But she said she is sure officials in Boone and Lincoln counties will cooperate.