July 14, 2019

IT'S NOT SCIENCE, JUST REACTION:

How Americans see climate change in 5 charts (CARY FUNK AND BRIAN KENNEDY, 4/19/19, Pew Research)

Partisanship is a stronger factor in people's beliefs about climate change than is their level of knowledge and understanding about science. In 2016, 93% of Democrats (including leaners) with a high level of knowledge about science said climate change is mostly due to human activity, compared with 49% of Democrats with low science knowledge, based on a nine-item index. By contrast, Republicans and GOP-leaning independents with a high level of science knowledge were no more likely than those with a low level of knowledge to say climate change is mostly due to human activity. A similar pattern was found for people's beliefs about energy issues. These findings illustrate that the relationship between people's level of science knowledge and their attitudes can be complex.

Posted by at July 14, 2019 6:09 PM

  

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