Clearly, anyone who believes that astrology is scientific doesn't understand what science is, but how common is this belief, and what's the statistical profile of a believer?
The General Social Survey asked respondents the question with answers varying from "very scientific" to "not scientific" at all (sample size = 5,548). 36.6% of people said astrology was at least sort of scientific. That's a lot of dummies.
Here are the factors that predict belief (standardized OLS coefficients):
Predictors of thinking that astrology is scientific
Other race .04
Educational level -.11
Church attendance -.04
Political conservatism -.04
All of the coefficients are statistically significant at the p < .01 level (or higher, two-tailed test). So the profile looks like this: female, black (vs. white), other race (vs. white), young, unintelligent, uneducated, non-churchgoer, and liberal. The coefficients indicate the strength of the prediction: IQ is the best predictor of thinking astrology is not scientific.
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