- Apr 30, 2016
STEM-based academics are also generally left leaning.In what way?
The only fields i have ever seen singled out as exception to the left leaning of academia are Business/Finance (who tend to prefer business friendly politics and don't like redistribution) and Law(who tend to be big on law and order). But i don't have much data on those, so i am not completely sure that is true.
Now it is possible that different fields tend to care about different issues. But even then i guess the conservatives did not actually make many friends in the scientific community by e.g. promoting creationism/attacking evolution and (more globally) supporting fossil fuel industry and attacking climate science.
But it goes further than that. Scientists are at the pulse of new scientific discoveries and want that new knowledge applied. Which often means they favor change. New or updated regulations reflecting the current scientific knowledge, not the understanding of the every-man on the street. And conservatives are notoriously bad at this.
Also every single time science discovers something that goes against widespread assumptions, the conservatives remember that this "common knowledge" is what their voters believe to be true and they want to be vindicated. So scientists get attacked, declared to be a fraud based on nothing but "everyone knows". That happens in any field that is not completely out of the news. And produces a lot of bitterness and contempt for the conservatives.