Pri reviji Scientific American so skupaj z bralci ocenili odgovore na vprašanja o znanosti, ki so jih posredovali štirje kandidati na predsedniških volitvah v ZDA.
- Vprašanja z odgovori kandidatov: ScienceDebate.org | Presidential Science Debate 2016
- Ocene odgovorov: Grading the Presidential Candidates on Science – Scientific American evaluates responses from Clinton, Trump, Johnson and Stein to 20 questions.
Overall, Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton scored highest in our readers’ estimation, as well as our own, followed by Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Republican Party candidate Donald Trump came in last on all counts. One PhD in biology wrote, “Trump’s answers demonstrate an almost complete ignorance of science or the importance of these imposing problems facing us in maintaining a livable world for everyone.” A clinical microbiologist with 25 years of experience added, “[Trump’s] answers show how uninformed he is on the issues.” …
One researcher performed a “qualitative analysis” of the answers, saying that Clinton always starts “with a synthetic review of present data” and builds from there—whereas “Trump never does.” A food policy analyst failed Clinton on the food question for being too narrow in her responses, failed Trump for “partisan rhetoric,” and gave Stein a grade “between pass and fail” for being “clearer on issues pertaining to negative externalities of food production,” but failing “to mention issues of food equity and proper resource management.”