55% of scientists identify as Democrats
32% of scientists identify as Independents
The rest don't know.
To put it mildly, this isn't a shocking poll.
I wouldn't really call myself a scientist, but since I do hold a Bachelor of Science in Physics, I am - by at least some measure - a science-minded person. When I began college at age 17, I (yes, I can admit it) considered myself to be a conservative Christian. By the time that I graduated five years later, I was a liberal atheist. To be fair, though, I did - so far as I can recall - always have some level of doubt about the truth of the Christian claims that I was sold as a child.
The ability examine things critically, which is an idea that is central in science, can vastly change the way that you view the world.
- http://www.economist.com/node/21013751 (main)
- http://people-press.org/report/528/ (the poll)
- http://www.gallup.com/poll/126563/conservatives-doubts-global-warming-grow.aspx (poll demonstrating that conservatards doubt climate change more than liberals do)