Political Science Update: New Hampshire Primaries

January 9, 2008 at 3:30 pm | | news, political science, science and the public

It’s Clinton for the Dems, and McCain for the GOP.

Like I did with Huckabee, I dug around to see where McCain stood on science. I was glad to find that he opposes the politicization of science. Source. That is, he accepts that humans are contributing to global warming, and that that’s a problem. He accepts evolution. Source. He introduced the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act of 2006, which aimed to improve communication among scientists. His voting record is pro-stem cell research. I can’t figure out whether he wants to grow a budget for scientific endeavors, and his website is still nothing like Hillary Clinton’s website, but I think I’m safe in saying McCain is at least not an enemy to science.

However, he’s been pandering to the Evangelical constituency, and it’s not clear what this might lead to. On the one hand, he’s pushing for energy independence and cleaner energy—although some might buck at this because he supports funding nuclear energy—on the other, he’s hanging out with the Bob Jones crowd who accept 6-day Creationism and believe the Founding Fathers were all devout Christians. Only time will tell.

In the meantime, he would pose a formidable foe to Hillary Clinton, as evinced in the most recent polls taken in December asking who people would vote for between McCain and Clinton:

Fox News: 47% McCain / 42% Clinton
Zogby: 49% McCain / 42% Clinton
CNN: 50% McCain / 48% Clinton


With McCain mildly pro-science and Clinton avidly pro-science, I’d say this poses some risks toward science’s future, but it’d still be better than what’s come before.


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  1. Hitlery Ramrod Clinton is a criminal beast. McCain is a flaccid posseur. They’d repeatedly sell their mothers as virgins, postage due.

    “He introduced the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act of 2006, which aimed to improve communication among scientists.”

    Oh the BULLSHIT. Harvard Business Review 61(6) 195 (1983), “The R&D Function” A quarter century later we have vastly more expensive means to deteriorated ends. Centrally imposed solution to complex problems is a mathematical mathematical impossiblity. Big Government is a cataclysmic ass farting through your wallet.

    Comment by Uncle Al — January 10, 2008 #

  2. Those polls are old (i.e. before Iowa and NH). The newer polls are:

    ABC/Gallup: 1/13/03
    McCain 50%, Clinton 47%
    McCain 50%, Obama 44%

    CNN: 1/10/03
    Clinton 50%, McCain 48%
    Obama 49%, McCain 48%

    Both Clinton and Obama destroy Huckabee, Giuliani, and Romney in the polls.

    Comment by charles — January 15, 2008 #

  3. By the way, a good poll website is http://www.RealClearPolitics.com. Each poll is linked to its source.

    Comment by charles — January 15, 2008 #

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