Pew research center conducted a survey as part of the American Trends Panel (ATP), to explore the current climate debate and the division it has caused amongst American citizens.
WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE A LOOK:
This survey is the first in a series of reports that details public views on science in areas that connect with American’s daily lives. The report focuses on climate, energy and environment including the relationship between people’s beliefs about these issues and their behaviors related to the environment in everyday life.
- Democrats (70%) are likely to see scientists and their research in a positive light. Republicans (15%) are more skeptical of climate scientists’ information.
- 57% of Republicans are more inclined to say climate research findings are influenced by scientists’ desire to advance their careers.
- 54% of liberal Democrats say climate scientists understand the causes of climate change very well.
- 69% among moderate or liberal Republicans say climate scientists should have a major role in policy decisions related to the climate.
- 47% of U.S. adults say the media does a good job covering global climate change, while 51% say they do a bad job.