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July 28, 2018

New York Times Opinion: Actually, Republicans Do Believe in Climate Change

By Rainey Center

The New York Times Opinion section has an op-ed today titled, "Actually, Republicans Do Believe in Climate Change" that discusses the impact of politics on this critical policy area.

Social psychologists Dr. Leaf Van Boven and Dr. David Sherman conducted nationwide surveys on the topic of climate change in 2014 and 2016, and their results showed that "most Republicans agreed that climate change is happening, threatens humans and is caused by human activity — and that reducing carbon emissions would mitigate the problem...most Republicans were in basic agreement with most Democrats and independents on this issue."

This then led them to question, "If Democrats and Republicans agree about climate change, why do they disagree about climate policy?"

The answer was that the current atmosphere of political polarization has a significant impact on people's perception of issues and support or opposition thereof. They did find reason for optimism in the fact that both the right and the left were more receptive to Republican-backed policy proposals.

Read the op-ed here.

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