Journal article

Relationships among conspiratorial beliefs, conservatism and climate scepticism across nations

Matthew J Hornsey, Emily A Harris, Kelly S Fielding

NATURE CLIMATE CHANGE | NATURE RESEARCH | Published : 2018

Abstract

Studies showing that scepticism about anthropogenic climate change is shaped, in part, by conspiratorial and conservative ideologies are based on data primarily collected in the United States. Thus, it may be that the ideological nature of climate change beliefs reflects something distinctive about the United States rather than being an international phenomenon. Here we find that positive correlations between climate scepticism and indices of ideology were stronger and more consistent in the United States than in the other 24 nations tested. This suggests that there is a political culture in the United States that offers particularly strong encouragement for citizens to appraise climate scie..

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