The Role of Political Attention in Moderating the Association between Political Identities and Anthropogenic Climate Change Belief in Britain

Kenny, John (2020) The Role of Political Attention in Moderating the Association between Political Identities and Anthropogenic Climate Change Belief in Britain. Political Studies. pp. 1-23. ISSN 0032-3217

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Abstract

US research shows that the partisan divide among elites on climate change has been mirrored by division at the citizen level, with this division being especially prominent among more politically engaged citizens. Using British Election Study data from 2016, this article examines whether a similar phenomenon is occurring in Britain, a country that experienced an increase in climate sceptic media coverage in the aftermath of the passing of the 2008 Climate Change Act. The results show that UK Independence Party and Conservative Party partisans as well as Leavers who pay more attention to politics are less likely to believe in the existence of anthropogenic climate change in contrast to Labour Party partisans and Remainers where increased political attention is associated with greater belief. These findings point to the inherent difficulties of bringing public beliefs on climate change in line with the scientific consensus in the presence of divided elite cues.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: britain,beliefs,climate change,elite cues,partisanship
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2021 01:51
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2021 00:19
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/80668
DOI: 10.1177/0032321720928261

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