Are Biological Science Knowledge, Interests, and Science Identity Framed by Religious and Political Perspectives in the United States?

Joseph C. Jochman, Alexis Swendener, Julia McQuillan, Luke Novack

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Science trust and views of science differ by political and religious orientations. In this study we examine whether political and religious perspectives are also associated with biological science knowledge, science interest, and general science identity. Results show that conservative Protestants have lower biological science knowledge than other religious groups on several specific topics. Party affiliation is associated with vaccine knowledge but not science interest and identity. Adjusting for demographic characteristics explains some political and religious group differences, but not all. We discuss implications regarding attention to potential political and religious framings of science topics in public education efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)584-602
Number of pages19
JournalSociological Quarterly
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2 2018



  • Politics
  • religion
  • science framing
  • science identity
  • science interest
  • science knowledge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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