Research Roundup for October, 2016

Highlights from recent research on the science of climate change communication:

  • A new report offers an in-depth look at climate change and public opinion. Around seven in ten Democrats say that climate change is important to them. Just one in four Republicans say the same. Americans broadly support clean energy (Pew Research, 2016).
  • Pope Francis’s encyclical on climate change failed to convert conservative Catholics. Conservative Catholics familiar with the encyclical didn’t change their beliefs about climate change to accommodate the Pope’s view. Rather, they changed their view of the Pope to accommodate their views on climate change (Li, Hilgard, Scheufele, Winneg, & Jamieson, 2016).



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