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Republicans and Climate Change: An Audience Analysis of Predictors for Belief and Policy Preferences


Justin Rolfe-Redding


George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication

Edward W. Maibach


George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication

Lauren Feldman


American University

Anthony Leiserowitz


Yale University

November 7, 2011


Abstract:     
Climate change is increasingly polarized within American politics. Yet, political orientation and climate change views are not synonymous, and research identifying the characteristics of counter-normative groups — such as Republicans concerned about climate change — is key to communication strategies to encourage wider acceptance of science-based views about climate change across the political spectrum. The evidence presented here demonstrates that there are distinct and reliable predictors of which Republicans are more likely to believe that climate change is occurring and express support for mitigation policies. While some of these variables (such as religiosity) are relatively inaccessible to climate change communication campaigns, others (such as correctly understanding the scientific consensus that climate change is happening) should likely form the cornerstone of communication efforts. The current study provides strong guidance on where to begin, and where more research is needed to better understand these phenomena.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 48

Keywords: climate change, global warming, Republican, political party

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Date posted: March 21, 2012 ; Last revised: March 23, 2012

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Rolfe-Redding, Justin and Maibach, Edward W. and Feldman, Lauren and Leiserowitz, Anthony, Republicans and Climate Change: An Audience Analysis of Predictors for Belief and Policy Preferences (November 7, 2011). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2026002 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2026002

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Justin Rolfe-Redding (Contact Author)
George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication ( email )
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States
Edward W. Maibach
George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication ( email )
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States
Lauren Feldman
American University ( email )
4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016
United States
Anthony Leiserowitz
Yale University ( email )
New Haven, CT 06520
United States
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