Beyond Political Ideology: The Impact of Attitudes Towards Government and Corporations on Trust in Science


Journal Article

© 2018, © The Author(s) 2018. Understanding public distrust of science is both theoretically and practically important. While previous research has focused on the association between political ideology and trust in science, it is at best an inconsistent predictor. This study demonstrates that two dimensions of political ideology—attitudes towards governments and corporations—can more precisely predict trust in science across issues. Using a survey in the United States and Germany on the science of climate change and genetically modified foods, we find that an individual’s trust in science varies across issues and that attitudes towards government and corporations are important predictors of this trust.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Pechar, E; Bernauer, T; Mayer, F

Published Date

  • June 1, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 40 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 291 - 313

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-8545

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1075-5470

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1075547018763970

Citation Source

  • Scopus