CONSERVATIVE CLIMATE & ENERGY ATTITUDES

The resources in this collection explore the attitudes and values of politically conservative individuals toward climate change and energy issues. The public opinion trends outlined in these surveys and studies can help guide communications and public engagement strategies that bridge partisan divides.

 

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A report based on the climate attitudes and beliefs of registered voters who initially identified as Republicans or Democrats, who are now leaning toward a particular candidate. 

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An increasing number of American voters across the political spectrum view global warming as happening and are looking for a government and their community to address the issue.

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Poll finds that voters, including conservative Republicans think clean energy keeps us healthier, safer and more prosperous. 

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The defining determinant of your belief in climate change in the U.S. is your political allegiance. So how do you get around the politics and create common ground?

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Political affiliation, more than education level is a stronger indicator of belief in the reality of global warming. 

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NRDC and the League of Conservation Voters commissioned American Viewpoint to interview 400 Republican voters in each state about their energy and climate policy preferences. Their responses showed that, contrary to popular belief, many conservative voters support climate policy.

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Conservative Republicans are the only group who believe climate change will not impact them in their lifetimes. 

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COIN in the UK has put together a tool kit on how to frame a constructive conversation with center-right conservatives in Europe.

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A nationwide survey about global warming that asked people for their views on whether global warming will be beneficial or detrimental, about how the president and Congress have responded to it, and what they believe government should do about it.

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A study that looks across results from six nationally-representative surveys and analyzes the diversity of views about global warming within the Republican party.

 

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Public opinion polling on American views of energy and environmental policy.

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A survey of Canadians looked at their concerns around climate change. 

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Differences between ‘Steadfast Conservatives’ and ‘Business Conservatives’ on support for global warming, environment and energy policies. 

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A survey of registered voters in the U.S. on their views on global warming and how political differences impact their views.

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Recent polling finds that two-thirds of Americans say there is solid evidence that the earth has been getting warmer over the last few decades, yet partisan differences over climate change remain substantial with significant internal divisions among Republicans.

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An analysis of American ideological and political polarization over climate change, which finds that liberals and Democrats are more likely to report beliefs consistent with the scientific consensus and express personal concern about global warming than conservatives and Republicans.

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Researchers at Stanford and UC Berkeley examine why Americans’ attitudes about the environment are highly polarized and how moralized discourse may be affecting the ideological divide.
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A report asserting that the current fossil fuel based economy is inconsistent with core conservative values and that the Republican Party should not allow "the discussion and treatment of a symptom (climate change) to interfere with addressing the underlying cause of the malady" (energy choices).

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A Stanford University survey looked at the effect of cooler temperatures in 2011 and climate skeptic rhetoric expressed by Republican Party presidential candidates on the American public's support of climate change policies.

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A study of framing processes and the social construction of global warming skepticism within the conservative movement.

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